A Balanced Reflection

Effective teaching and learning is balanced by increased opportunities for reflection. As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, what opportunities are we providing for students to strengthen their reflective thinking? Are we taking time to be reflective upon our teaching and/or areas of improvement?

Food for Thought:

  • Increased opportunities for students to digest and debrief on particular learning experiences
  • Increased opportunities for students to revise and/or edit work
  • Recognize and celebrate all accomplishments

A New Challenge

During this difficult time of COVID-19, we have all been faced with a variety of challenges, some personal and some professional. Probably the most challenging obstacle we all need to overcome is our comfortability level with remote distant learning. It seems as if we are learning something new each day. As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, it is essential to not forget about our students and their families.

Food for Thought:

  • Stay connected with students and families to the best of your ability
  • Reinforce previously learned skills and concepts to reduce stress and/or anxiety
  • Always put forth your best effort each day
  • Stay positive

Lest We Not Forget

During this difficult time of COVID-19, we must not forget about our essential workers that are faced with the most difficult task each day. As I began thinking about that today, it dawned on me that all of us have had an impact on these workers. For it was “us” who taught and inspired many of these essential workers to become who they are today. Should you know an essential worker, please reach out to them and share your thanks!

Crayons

According to The Crayon Box that Talked, “We are a box of crayons, each one of us is unique, but when we come together, the picture is complete.”

Food for Thought:

  • Increased opportunities for peer to peer discourse activities
  • Recognize and celebrate ALL academic progress
  • Recognize and celebrate all differences

Minutes or Seconds

Les Brown once said, “In every day there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, what kinds of opportunities are we providing for students to be successful?

Food for Thought:

  • Celebrate all successes
  • Increased opportunities for peer to peer discourse activities
  • Encourage students to take academic risks

Appreciate All

Mark Twain once said, “What is joy without sorrow? What is success without failure? What is a win without a loss? What is health without illness? You have to experience each of you are to appreciate the other.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, what kinds of opportunities are we providing for students to be successful?

Food for Thought:

  • Celebrate all successes
  • Increased opportunities for students to take risks
  • Concerted effort to make all students feel valued

All or Nothing

Dr. Suess once said, “A person is a person, no matter how small.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, we are reminded that ALL of our students matter. What kind of opportunities are you providing for students to feel recognized and/or successful?

Food for Thought:

  • Recognize all successes
  • Increased opportunities for peer to peer discourse activities
  • Make ALL students feel valued

Brains

Dr. Suess once said, “You have brains in your head, you have feet on your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” As we reflect on our town teaching experiences, what kinds of opportunities are we providing for our students to choose the right direction?

Food for Thought:

  • Increased opportunities for students to share their thinking
  • Encourage students to take academic risks
  • Recognize and celebrate all succesess

Difficult or Impossible?

Andre A. Jackson once said, “Difficult things take a long time, impossible things take a little longer.” As I reflect on my own teaching experiences and/or student success, this makes me realize that not all students learn the same. This sometimes means that I need to step out of my “comfort zone” and promote positive learning experiences for ALL of my students by letting go of the “control”.

Food for Thought:

  • Increased opportunities for peer to peer discourse activities
  • Encourage students to take academic risks
  • Recognize and celebrate all successes

Hard to Reach

One time or another we have been in contact with a hard to teach student. We see early signs of frustration. Some teachers will stop trying, while others try harder. As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, what kind of opportunities are we providing for students to feel successful?

Food for Thought:

  • Be honest and consistent with students. Show respect and trust in children’s abilities.
  • Maintain a positive attitude with students
  • Teach, Prompt, Reinforce positive behaviors and/or expectations
  • Recognize all successes