“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”
-Mark Van Doren
Good day and welcome!
I am glad you have decided to join me today. First, I have a question for you; why do you teach? We can all agree that teaching brings great satisfaction and inspiration to our lives. However, knowing our inner-most motives are crucial for our overall lifetime impact. You see, your answer to my question should be that you want to make a large positive impact. That’s why we are educators, no? We strive to make a positive impact and to change the world, one child at a time. This can be accomplished only when we have located the real problems in our lessons. If you are wondering, here they are:
The Real Problems You Should Look for in a Lesson
- A hyper focus on things out of our control: What this means is that we tend to focus on situations and elements that arise in the classroom in that we have no control over. What this does is create stress and, as a result, combative behavior by our students. This does not create an environment that sets up a teacher for a life-long journey of impact. This can be cleared by focusing on the positive in a situation and what can be controlled.
- Lack of support for natural thinking: When I say, “natural thinking” I am eluding to the natural thinking that occurs when children think like children. This typically means unconventional and outside the box thinking. We need to ensure that we are supporting these behaviors in a way that propels the student to continue in this way.
- More talking than listening: As teachers we want to impart our passion and information to our students. Part of our drive is in that enthusiasm to impart knowledge. Ultimately, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. The problem is when we listen less we tend know less about how we can benefit the student. By attempting to tell them all the knowledge we know we may actually be letting them down. If we are wanting to make the largest impact possible we must take time to listen to what they have to say. By listening we can learn how they think, challenges they are having and, the one thing the want to achieve.
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