When I began teaching, my goal was to be the teacher I wanted my future kids to have. I wanted to create a fun learning environment. I cared deeply about the kiddos who walked through the doors in my many different classrooms as I bounced around Cleveland after layoffs, necessary transfers and room changes. I was focused on the map that was given to me because I thought that was what I was supposed to do. Focusing on standards and reading levels and scoring high on a state assessment. That’s how it had always been done.
Then, we had our own kids.