Change

A wise person once said, “Do not be afraid of change. Be afraid of not changing.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, are we receptive to change? Think about taking proactive steps to embracing change.

Food for Thought:

  • Reach out and collaborate with each other to embrace change
  • Ask for help and support
  • Be receptive to feedback from your colleagues and/or principal
  • Take time to share a success story, as related to the “change”
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Measures of Success

James E. Casey once said, “One measure of your success will be the degree to which you build up others who work with you. While building up others, you will build up yourself.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, we must always remember to support each other. Are you supportive with each other or do you choose to take a ride on the “negativity train”?

Food for Thought:

  • Ask for help and support when needed
  • Increased opportunities for collaboration
  • Think about doing a kind deed each day for your colleagues

The Choices We Make

J.K. Rowling once said, “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, we must not forget to think about the choices we make. Do you choose to be proactive or reactive to difficult situations that you encounter with your students?

Food for Thought:

  • Be receptive to feedback from your colleagues and principal
  • Increased opportunities for student voice
  • Ask for support and/or assistance when needed
  • Increased amounts of common planning time with grade level peers

Inspiration

A wise person once said, “We all need someone who inspires us to do better than we know how.”   As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, are we receptive to critical feedback?

Food for Thought:

  • Be receptive to critical feedback
  • Recognize when you need assistance
  • Peer observations and/or feedback
  • Establish a Best Practice Group at your school

Noise or Quiet

A wise person once said, “Destruction has noise, but creation is quiet.” As we reflect on our teaching experiences, are we providing appropriate opportunities for students and/or colleagues to be creative?

Food for Thought:

  • Look for the positives in all our day to day expectations. Encourage each other to succeed
  • Increased opportunities for creative opportunities through less teacher talk and more student talk
  • Be still and listen to your students

Discourse

A wise person once said, “Dialogue is a back and forth conversation that enables mutual learning.”

As we reflect on our teaching experiences, are we providing enough opportunities for students to engage in conversation with each other and/or the teachers?

Food for Thought:

  • Increased amounts of peer-to-peer discourse activities
  • More opportunities for accountable talk related to specific higher order thinking questions
  • Increased opportunities to talk with your colleagues to share Best Practice around peer-to-peer discourse activities

Good Enough

A wise person once said, “Good enough is not good enough when better is possible.”   In thinking about or teaching experiences, are we providing additional supports for children to always produce their best work?

Food for Thought:

  • Plan for effective, concrete, and rigorous checks for understanding
  • Clearly aligned student objectives with scaffolding questions and/or end of lesson assessment activities
  • High expectations, particularly around quality of student work