Hi, I’m Brooke
Seven years ago I was wrapped in disappointment. I had walked away from an established career in archaeology, gotten my Master’s degree in education, and was thrilled to have my own fourth grade classroom. But something was wrong.
I wasn’t crazy to jump careers like that. I had no regrets about becoming a teacher. I love learning and I love teaching kids to love learning! But my classroom had become so diverse. I wasn’t reaching all my students. I had 7 different grade levels all in my one fourth grade.
But that wasn’t the source of my disappointment. I love a challenge. I was ready to double down on my own work ethic. I planned on weekends. I stayed late. I thought that if I just planned harder, I could figure it all out. I thought that if I could find a tool for each of my students, I could grow them. All of them!
But despite all my effort, nothing changed. Except that I was beyond tired every day, and came home exhausted each night with only minor successes here and there. I still had too many fails. And even with my minor successes, I was failing my family. I was too tired to be there for them.
But then I was offered a change. And I grabbed it. I became a Master Teacher, training other teachers by field testing tools that actually could reach, and did reach, every student! In those years (and thousands of hours) as a NIET Master Teacher, I discovered and developed what I had been missing: a system that worked every year to grow ALL students.
All I needed was my own classroom back! So I stepped back in, three years ago, and kept refining and improving the system. These tools, every single one based on research about how students of all levels actually learn, worked every day, every lesson, for all my students.
I’m still there. And the diversity sure hasn’t changed—but my ability to teach and grow all my students HAS.
Oh, what a difference a system makes!