This post was originally published in @PeterMDeWitt’s blog Finding Common Ground in Education Week.
Today’s guest post is written by frequent Finding Common Ground blogger Lisa Westman. Lisa is an instructional coach specializing in differentiation for Skokie School District 73.5 in suburban Chicago. She taught middle school gifted humanities, ELA, and SS for twelve years before becoming a coach.
Take a minute and think about where you were when:
1) JFK was shot
2) The Challenger Space Shuttle exploded
3) The Twin Towers were destroyed on 9/11
My answers are:
1) 14 years before I was born
2) A student in third grade
3) One month into my first year of teaching
However, my colleague and friend, Tom O’Brien’s answers are all the same; he was in his classroom, teaching. And, Tom is still teaching. In fact, this school year marks Tom’s 58th year as a middle school teacher.