Balanced is the best word to describe my hopes and dreams as well as who I am as a teacher.
As a teacher, I also look for balance. I want to push my students to achieve their very best, but I hope to balance that rigor with support and understanding. I also want to balance the classroom with individual, collaborative and large group activities. I want to find a balance of computer based work and face-to-face work. I also want my students to construct their own meaning, but, also, I think that there are things that I need to teach explicitly.
The problem is that the slightest thing that can ruin delicate balance in place, but then you pick up and start again.