A mountain might be a decent metaphor when you view the task of teaching from the eyes of a first-year teacher. Mountains come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of difficulty. Some of the trails are narrow and treacherous while others are wide and incredibly refreshing to traverse. One thing we know for sure, mountain climbing is much easier when we travel with someone who knows the trail. He/She can point out some pitfalls that exist, warn us when the trail gets dangerous, and help us enjoy the magnificent sights and sounds that we will encounter.
Our purpose is to facilitate this journey between two climbers. This blog will serve as a venue to talk about the trail. We will use Van Dyk’s The Maplewood Story to frame our discussions throughout the year. I hope this book will be a very enjoyable read as it takes us through a school year in a most reflective manner. Please do not limit your responses to this novel, but enjoy the opportunity to share your experiences with others who are on a similar journey (just on a mountain located in a unique part of the range!). Each of you can post and respond so let’s keep the conversation going!
May God bless our travels,