Start. Stop. Continue.

Today was my last day as PYP Coordinator so now that that chapter has ended (paused?) I’m able to begin to think about moving back into the classroom.

I haven’t been in the classroom for two years and a lot has happened in that time. I discovered blogs for the first time. I joined Twitter. I participated in many PYP workshops. I have done lots of my own professional learning and facilitated others’ professional learning. I’ve been in classrooms and planning sessions from Pre-K to Grade 5 and for every single-subject. I started my Masters of Education.

All of these experiences have re-shaped the way I understand teaching and learning and have completely changed who I am as an educator. It is for this reason that I have chosen to go back in the classroom and try my hand at being a PYP teacher again.

In short – I want a do-over!

This upcoming school year there are many new things I want to try, old things I want to try to let go of and a few things from my previous life as a teacher that I will likely continue.  Here is what I’m envisioning:




I know this seems like a lofty set of goals and I know there will be bumps, stumbles and reality-checks along the way, but that is all part of why I wanted to go back into the classroom in the first place! I’m committed to being the type of risk-taker I hope my students become.

I also know that before I’m ready to try any of this,  I need to first be an inquirer and dive deeper into understanding the why and how behind the whats on this dream-list.

So, on that note… let my summer professional learning begin!

Wish me luck!


14 thoughts on “Start. Stop. Continue.

  1. Reblogged this on Making Good Humans and commented:

    Follow my journey back to the classroom on my new blog Risk and Reflect where I will share my attempts to take what I’ve learned as PYP Coordinator for two years and put it into practice and hopefully truly make the PYP happen!


  2. Best of luck, Taryn! I enjoy following along with your blog posts, so this will be much of the same! Thanks for documenting your journey! It’s definitely valuable for other PYP educators to see commonalities as well as get new ideas along the way 🙂


    1. Thank Jen! It’s mutual! Love seeing all the amazing things happening at your school. Please feel free anytime to provide some constructive feedback and suggestions. I value your opinion and am glad you are part of my PLN. 🙂


  3. While I have PYP experience, I am a new PYP Coordinator (while also being the Head of Primary) at a brand new school. We’re a candidate school, with authorization in the next 2 years. I am excited to follow your journey back in the classroom. Thanks for sharing!


  4. Your students next year will be blessed to have you as their teacher! All the best as you move back to the classroom. I can’t wait to hear about that perspective. Congratulations on two amazing years as PYP Coordinator!

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  5. Hey Taryn! I’m excited to follow your journey back into the classroom (as I journey out of the classroom for a while). I’ve shared your post on my school’s new PearlTrees account so all the teachers here can share in your risks and reflections. 🙂


    1. Hey Lauren, thanks for your support. I am so excited about next year – it’s all I think about this summer. (Being balanced is not my strong suit!) I look forward to sharing our experiences next year as you venture out of the classroom and I venture back in! Are you on Twitter yet? If not, you should take the plunge! It is the BEST source of professional learning I have ever experienced and the type of educators you can connect with around the world poke and provoke your thinking about teaching and learning on a daily basis. If you are interested, let me know if you need any help getting started.


      1. Hey!! I did register for Twitter when I took a technology course last year… But sadly I haven’t been using it. Thanks for the reminder- I’ll be sure to get on soon and will let you know if I need any help. Loved your thinking about democracy in the classroom, and how thorough you are with your ideas!


  6. Taryn,
    I absolutely love this list! I used your do/stop/continue and generated my own list for the next school year. I’m going to embark on something very new this year down in Room 162, inshallah. I’ve been feverishly reading all summer on flexible seating and I’m nervous and excited to try it.

    Thanks for such a great post! You are going to have an amazing do-over year!


    1. Sinae, that sounds awesome! Can’t wait to hear about what you’ve been learning and see your start-stop-continue for next year! I’ll be sure to spend lots of time checking out Room 162. See you soon! 🙂


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