Like many other teachers, I am mourning the end of summer. I will miss the sunshine, the beach, camping, travel, and leisurely sipping on my morning coffee while reading a book.
But now that my batteries are sufficiently recharged, I am filled with excitement about the new school year. I finally got around to finishing all the professsional readings that were piling up on my nightstand... I'll admit, it's likely due to having had so much rain this summer! So now my mind is swimming with lots of new ideas, and I'm looking forward to trying some of them on, and figuring out how to implement them within a UDL framework. Our school district is also placing a greater emphasis on team teaching between classroom teachers and resource teachers. As a resource teacher, I am very excited about the opportunity to collaborate more with classroom teachers, and I'm hopeful that my love of UDL will catch on. I believe that the best way to promote buy-in for UDL is at a grassroots level.
In June we found out that the Department of Education will continue to support UDL action research project this coming school year. I'm so pleased to continue working on this project with some amazing educators, and look forward to opportunities to learn more about UDL and work with other teachers from throughout the province of New Brunswick who share my passion for UDL.
In short, I'm actually getting excited about buying school supplies, dusting off my alarm clock, and gulping my morning coffee during the ride to work.