"Each time a door closes, the rest of the world opens up.” - Parker J. Palmer
I, like many of you presumably, have dealt with depression for some time and have been on medication to cope with it. I have felt that it was enough to just pop in some medication and forget about regulating my feelings. However on the first day of school everything changed, although I didn’t recognize it at the time. That was missed opportunity number one I suppose.
When it comes down to it I want my instruction to reflect my growth as a professional and summer is the time to implement those changes. Yet every year I find myself staring down the barrel of August with very little to show for all of my big far-reaching plans. This year is no different except that it’s totally different. It’s different for diverse reasons ranging from professional to personal and that’s what I’d like to share with you all today.
Do students have expectations that their instructors in college teach as we do here and does that expectation hinder their learning?
How do I teach content in a way that my students aren’t blindsided when they get to college? How can I support their budding maturity but also embed the work-ethic and self-motivation that universities covet?
The curriculum is laid out. You know that you have taught the content with a lecture and a worksheet or with a project. So you know what it is coming up soon. But why do you need to keep doing it the same way? Is it because it is easier? Is it because it is what you have always done? If you have been keeping up with my blogs, you know where this is going. I try to be a creative teacher and allow students to have freedom with the content. So naturally choice is one of the key ideas I try to incorporate into my teaching.
Looking back at everything that I have accomplished in the three years I have been a teacher, it doesn’t really seem like a lot. History is history. Economics is boring. These are the ideas I have to conquer as a teacher. I look at this as often as possible. Three word sentences that impact my life as a teacher daily. Thinking about these phrases allows me to really dive into my main duty as a teacher, making the content not just about the content.
Hey Everyone!!! I am extremely lucky to have an amazing group of friends that I get to hang out with and help improve not only my life but also my teaching. These guys have known each other for a really long time and have let me into their lives to not only better theirs but also my own.
What happens when the "get it done" mindset meets an assignment deliberately designed to force students to slow down and reflect? Well, that’s what I learned about last week.
he battle between “rightness of fit” and being uncomfortable are at the heart of education. Think about it. There’s anxiety with any new lesson or new attempt in your classroom.
It’s probably sort of cliché that I offer my first blog as sort of a genesis story for how I have arrived as a member of this group. But, as I once told a class, clichés exist for a reason.