Creative Expression and Knowledge

Albert Einstein once said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

Think about the opportunities you provide for students to demonstrate their creative expression and/or knowledge.

Food for Thought:

  • Exit Tickets
  • Daily Reflection at the end of each lesson
  • Frequent check-ins during a lesson
  • Increased opportunities for peer-to-peer discourse activities
  • Use of hands-on materials as much as possible
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Failure

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Our greatest glory is in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”

Think about how you and/or your students feel when they fail. What opportunities do you provide for your students to “rise up?”

Food for Thought:

  • Re-Teach weak skills and/or standards based on data
  • Allow students to retake assessments after reteaching
  • Use spiral reviews as an additional way to check for understanding

Respect

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The secret of education lies in respecting the student”.

What are you doing on a daily basis to promote respect in your classroom? What opportunities are you providing for students to demonstrate respect?   How are you being proactive to both demonstrate respect and set a tone for respect?

Motivation

Jim Rohn once said, “If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is an education to turn him around.”

Think about any students you feel might be headed down the wrong road. What educational opportunities are your providing in an effort to educate. What supports are you providing to turn these students around?

Obstacles

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?

Off the Beaten Path

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?