The very first morning of my teaching career was unforgettable. After the hubbub of the students’ arrival, finding their classrooms, and settling in, the classroom door closed, and I stared at 30 fifth graders. I had a moment of panic: I’m alone!
I had just finished my graduate degree, spending two years in practicums and discussions about teaching and learning. I was used to having other educators nearby to reflect and problem-solve with me. But now it was just me and 30 kids!