A Path or a Trail

An anonymous source once said, “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” As we reflect on our teaching experiences, what opportunities are we creating for students to be successful?

Food for Thought:

  • Celebrate all successes
  • Reinforce positive behaviors and/or choices
  • Encourage students to take risks
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Time to Adjust

A beauty of teaching is that, based on feedback, we can learn from our mistakes and make adjustments as needed. As we reflect on our teaching experiences, we must ask ourselves how receptive are we to feedback?

Food for Thought:

  • Adjust practices based on feedback
  • Collaborate with colleagues on Best Practices
  • Model Lessons and Reflection with Grade Level colleagues

Meet Me in the Middle

In the ever-changing world of teaching where standards are the same for all students, we must not forget that not all students are the same. As we reflect on our teaching experiences, how are we differentiating learning to best meet the needs of ALL students?

Food for Thought:

  • Differentiated assessments and learning tasks, when possible
  • Increased opportunities for students to revise work
  • Increased opportunities for peer-to-peer discourse
  • Celebrate all successes and/or student growth
  • Believe in every student

Past, Present, and Future

An anonymous source once said, “A teacher presents the past, reveals the present, and creates the future.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, what opportunities have we created for students to take risks and explore areas of interest?

Food for Thought:

  • Increased opportunities for students to research an explore areas of interest
  • Recognize and celebrate all successes
  • Increased opportunities to showcase student work

Show Me

Alexandra K. Trenfor once said, “The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.” As we reflect on our teaching experiences, do we prefer to show or tell?

Food for Thought:

  • Increased opportunities for peer to peer discourse activities
  • Increased use of peer models
  • Increased opportunities for students to research and explore areas of interest

Love

An anonymous source once said, “The kids who need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving ways.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, how do we recognize and address the “unloving” actions of our students?

Food for Thought:

  • Recognize and reinforce positive behaviors
  • Increased opportunities for creative expression
  • Celebrate all successes

Dreams

An anonymous source once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, what opportunities are we providing for our students to dream big and reach their goals?

Food for Thought:

  • Recognize and celebrate all successes
  • Increased opportunities for students to take risks
  • Increased opportunities for students to research and explore areas of interest