Feelin’ Groovy

Over the years, I’ve found myself thinking about the difference between a groove and a rut. When you imagine them, they are both essentially the same thing. However, when interpreted, a rut confines and limits movement, and a groove defines it, while facilitating flow. A rut implies being stuck, and a groove implies passage. A groove also allows for things to come together to make both things stronger.

Yep…I’m definitely in a groove!

This year (#26 for me) I am partnered with a 5th grade teacher in my school district as part of a PD teaching team. With 56 combined years of teaching experience between us and over 20 years of knowing “of” each other, this year we are newly connected and working together to create a PD experience with 18 of our district colleagues! It has been a summer filled with stretching, planning, learning, collaboration and building a new friendship. It’s been wonderful. I can’t wait to learn more as the school year goes on.

Thanks, Brenda. I think you’re groovy!!

About Karen

Karen Kiick began her teaching career in 1990 in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Since 1996, she has taught at Haddon Township High School in Westmont, New Jersey. She is her District's K-12 Visual and Performing Arts Facilitator and currently teaches 9th through 12th grades. Karen is a five-time recipient (2005, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017) of the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education. She is also the 2017 National Secondary Art Teacher of the Year and the 2015 NJ Art Educator of the Year.
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