Hey, everybody. My goodness, PARCC is over, and we are weeks away from summer vacation! I feel like break dancing! I hope you're all doing well. When I started working at this new school, I noticed something about the teachers' philosophies on teaching. It's SO different from my old school where the teacher had to be the center of every lesson! At this new school, we have an 80 minute block. I have my class read aloud together on some days, but on other days, I have them do literature circles. They also do this: I give them a chapter to read on their own, and they fill out the literature log. At this school, it's encouraged for the students to be working on their own, not necessarily have the teacher up there lecturing all the time. Forgive me if this sounds silly, but I feel a bit guilty. Of course, I follow the procedures and let the students work independently, but most days, I don't feel like I'm teaching. It's fine, to be honest, because my job as a teacher is to facilitate learning. But as they work in their groups or on their own, I'm just left to monitor and assist. I know this sounds crazy, but is this normal? At my old school, we frowned upon self-sustained reading and having the kids read the book themselves. I had to be teaching EVERY SINGLE DAY. I just want to make sure I'm doing my best. This summer, I'm going to study grammar books and try to implement a new grammar system to help my ESL students. I'm also going to work hard at professional development since my classroom management needs some tweaking. I do love teaching. I just want to be better, and I feel a little worried that because I'm letting the kids do it on their own, I'm not a good teacher.