Henry Ford once said, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes of your goal.”
Think about specific goals you have set this year, either for yourself as a teacher or your students. How often do you revisit and evaluate those goals? What plans do you have in place when you encounter some obstacles? How often do you revise your goals?
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
As I reflect on both this quote and my own teaching practices, I am reminded of some big adjustments made to my own teaching this year. These changes, though difficult, have added rich peer to peer discourse opportunities for students and compelled me to interact more with students in a positive manner, thus allowing increased opportunities for students to be pushed and excel to new levels.
When is the last time you have truly reflected on your teaching experiences? What is one thing you can do at this mid-year point to step out of your comfort zone and enhance your day to day teaching?