Isn't that what teaching is about? Isn't that just the everyday challenge that we are faced with?
Teaching is about our kids. Teaching is about listening. Teaching is about learning.
What is teaching NOT?
Teaching is not about the cute. Teaching is not about the crafts. Teaching is not about the parties. Teaching is not about rushing.
If you were given a book of about 500 pages and asked to read it in one night to take a test for tomorrow how would you fair on that test?
Most would say terrible.
The same goes for our kids. We can't expect to keep flying through content to squeeze the 'fun' stuff in the day. What are they really absorbing? Are they digging deeper and thinking more critically?
Over the past two days I've had the opportunity to attend the ARA conference and the one thing that truly stuck were two simple words...
Listen to your students. When given the chance they will drive your instruction. Stop flying through the text and slow down. Think critically. Read closely.
I reflected constantly. What is my purpose? Why am I rushing and doing the 'cute' stuff? Does it truly meet my standards? Are my students gaining anything from the cut and paste? Are they thinking critically during word work? Most importantly, am I providing them with enough time to read?
These are questions that I need to answer.
With the help and guidance from Stephanie Harvey, Debbie Miller, Ann Marie Corgill, and Richard Allington I hope to transform my teaching to a student driven environment.
How do I plan on doing that?
Well, I'll let you know when I get there. First thing first, I need to rethink my schedule. After all, what's the worst that could happen?