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

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

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

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