Perseverance

As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, what are we doing to promote perseverance in our classrooms?

Food for Thought:

  • Study hard and focus
  • Never give up
  • Be brave
  • Think outside the box
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Good, Better, Best

St. Jerome once said, “Good, better, best. Never let it rest….Til your good is better and your better is best.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, how often do we encourage students to put forth their “best” effort? What structures do we have in place for students to reflect on their learning experiences?

Food for Thought:

  • Consistently encourage students to put forth their best effort
  • Increased opportunities to provide feedback to students, allowing for revisions to work
  • Work with students and parents to set reasonable goals for success

The Importance of Tiny

When speaking about the power of tiny habits, James clear says that “So often we convince ourselves that change is only meaningful if there is some large, visible outcome associated with it. Whether it is losing weight, starting a business, traveling the world or any other goal, we often put pressure on ourselves to make some big improvement that everyone will talk about.” He goes on to say that “improving by just 1% isn’t notable, and sometimes not even noticeable, but it can be just as meaningful in the long run.”

Food for Thought:

  • Small improvements add up over time
  • Accentuate small gains with students, particularly with struggling students
  • Take time to celebrate with students and parents

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

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