Seems I've been away for quite a while - shirking my blogging duties for a number of other priorities - apologies to those who are following. Oddly, I'm picking this up with what I believe to be an oddly appropriate passage, from page 32:
"Once inside classrooms, some though that the "big picture" questions seemed unimportant when compared with more pressing concerns: How do you get a class of 2nd graders to the washroom and back in less than 15 minutes"... etc.
True - one gets sidetracked from time-to-time and needs to focus on the trees now and then rather than the forrest. Many days, especially during your first year or so, you find yourself quite overwhelmed with the daily and not-so-mundane challenges of managing a classroom full of students. You feel good if you're at least one day ahead of where your kids are supposed to be. Somedays, because there are so many other demands on your time, you just wing it and hope for the best.
And you know what? Sometimes that's okay. It happens to each and every one of us. Happened to me last time we met.
We've all been there. And, more likely than not, you'll be there again somewhere down the road. We hope you don't move away or anything like that - we want to keep you as long as you're happy here! However, you might choose to move to another building, or you might get asked to teach that subject that somehow oddly showed up as an endorsement on your teaching certificate.
Or maybe you're planning a Teachers' Institute while starting up a book club. Whatever.
Regardless, the takeaway from Ch. 4 is this, in my opinion: The best teachers are those who are prepared to look at every day through the eyes of a student. There's going to be a new and unexpected challenge each and every day, no matter how much experience you have under your belt. Deal with it, and do the best you can with it. Experience - and the occasional failure - are the best teacher's teacher.