Eliphas Levi once said, “A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard.”
As the first six weeks of school comes to an end and one round of assessments under our belts, it is time to stop and think about what we are doing to meet the needs of ALL students, especially those who are clearly struggling. What plans are set in place for these students to succeed?
Food for Thought:
Targeted and Differentiated Instruction to address immediate gaps
Frequent communication with parents and families regarding progress
Accountability for every student
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”
Remember to encourage each other to live each day to the fullest. What are you doing to celebrate each day with your students?
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?
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?
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?
Linda Conway once said, “It is not what is poured into a student that counts, but what is planted.”
Think about your class. What kinds of seeds are you planting for them? What kinds of opportunities are being provided for those seeds to blossom? What kinds of differentiated experiences are you providing to make sure that ALL students are successful?
As my holiday break came to an end, a friend commented to me about all the time off I get in the winter. While that sounded so nice to me at the time, I quickly reminded him that this is crunch time as we prepare for the Spring Testing Season.
In terms of a New Year’s resolution, I have promised myself to focus on each day at a time instead of being overwhelmed with all the little stuff. I have promised myself to note one 1-2 positive things that happen each day with my students and 1 thing I need to improve on the next day.
Think about your New Year’s Resolutions. What can you do to make your students feel more successful during this next stretch of learning?