Pride

A wise person once said, “Don’t stop until you’re proud.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, what opportunities do we provide for students to show pride in their work?

Food for Thought:

  • Increased opportunities for peer-to-peer discourse
  • Increased collaboration between classrooms and/or grade levels
  • Family Events (Math and Literacy Nights) to share work
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Beauty of Learning

B.B. King once said, “The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, what unique learning opportunities do we provide for students?

Food for Thought:

  • Increased opportunities for peer-to-peer discourse activities
  • Enhanced ways for students to demonstrate knowledge and/or independence
  • Increased use of authentic assessments to demonstrate knowledge and/or mastery

Inclusiveness

Lisa Friedman once said, “Inclusion is a mindset. It is not a way of thinking. It is not a program that we run or a classroom in our school or a favor we do for someone. Inclusion is who we are. It is who we must strive to be.”   As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, what opportunities do we provide for everyone to feel included?

Food for Thought:

  • Create a physical environment that promotes cooperative learning
  • Increased amounts of rigor and student engagement
  • Flexible seating and/or opportunities to move
  • Create a school and/or classroom culture that promotes independence thinkers

Imagine and Dream

William Arthur Ward once said, “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, what structures do we have put in place for students to be creative and share their thinking?

Food for Thought:

  • Increased opportunities for peer-to-peer discourse
  • Increased opportunities for students to demonstrate knowledge and/or mastery
  • Increased collaboration between classrooms

Build Them Up

Chief Justice Ireland once said, “Give the same support, encouragement, love, kindness and patience to every child as if they were going to be the next superstar, because we never know.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, how do we encourage and support our students?

Food for Thought:

  • Increased opportunities for students to share thinking
  • Increased opportunities for peer-to-peer discourse
  • Model positive behavior for students and/or take time to explicitly teach appropriate behaviors

Be Still and Listen

A wise person once said, “We interpret what others communicate through our assumptions, and that interferes with our ability to listen.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, do we really take time to listen?

Food for Thought:

  • Be an active listener, especially when receiving feedback
  • When in doubt of something, ask for clarification
  • Be supportive of each other

Success

Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”   As we reflect upon our own teaching experiences, do we stop when things don’t go our way or do we embrace recommendations for change and/or improvement?

Food for Thought:

  • Invite a colleague in to observe and give feedback
  • Ask for help and support, if and when needed
  • Be receptive to feedback from your colleagues and/or administrator