The Inauguration is tomorrow and this means we are about to embark on a new chapter in our nation's history. However you feel about this past election and our new president, the events of this week usher in a new era. This is true of every Inauguration of a newly elected president. We are faced with the immediate realization that things will change. Some will meet the change with excitement for the positive possibilities and others are anxious about the unknown or the perceived negatives.
Tonight's conversation isn't all about the election and the Inauguration, but the setting of a historical event unfolding before our eyes is worth noting as we discuss New Beginnings.
Q1. What about this new administration gives you the most hope for change and what about it makes you take pause or inspires fear about that change that could happen with this new administration?
Q2. Mrs. Obama after her meeting with Mrs. Trump - you don't know what you don't know until you get there. Who has served as a mentor to you to help you when took your first teaching position or transitioned from one to another? What advice did they give you that stuck with you that has really impacted the way you teach, what you do, or how you see your role in education and society?
How have you served as a mentor to others?
Q3. Which Presidential election in history do you think marked the greatest new chapter and why?
Q4. What event in history do you think is the most important turning point event and why? Why is that event a turning point to unlock a new chapter in human history?
Q5. What event in your life, or teaching career was a turning point, a new beginning or marked the start of a new chapter? How did this impact you? What advice would you give to your past self when faced with that situation?
Q6. The new semester is going to begin shortly and with it comes new challenges, new students, new classes, new courses, new units, etc. What about the new term/semester has you excited? What about it has you nervous and why?
Q7. What chapter to come are you most looking forward to? Why? This could be in your life, or something you think will happen in the world?
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.