Today is that day…really. It is a total what the hell was I thinking day…
Not because of anything that happened in my classrooms, they are great. I might have to say that they are maybe my favorites of all time. I say that always though. But really, I have some super awesome students this semester. They are fun, they talk, they interact, they get my little strange marching band in my head.
No, it is simply because in my glorious quest to make sure they get what they need, I made my life a living hell and it was already done for me. Way to go Dana.
Why as teachers do we do that to ourselves? We don’t look at things close enough to realize that something is right there. Instead, we make something time consuming and painful. Do we have a gene that makes us want to have things as hard as possible?
As teachers, we talk about DI, student centered learning, and all that wonderful gab. When we go to implement in, how do we do it? Do we barrel in head first without know what we are doing? Or do we step in slowly? I barreled in head first.
I am using a new program this year to help tailor my classrooms to what basic skills my students really need. My thought is this, if they don’t need to work on stated main idea outside of class they shouldn’t have to. If they need some extra practice, it is there. In class, they can be the leader of a group that might struggle. I know who has mastered what and can build my classes that way.
Teaching is never going to be a one size fits all. As I was teaching annotation today, I was struck by the notion that there are probably a million way to annotate one thing. I know that if they tried to read my notes and annotations they might cry. So, in teaching them what they need to know for college, I also have to teach them as people. That is maybe more important. Teachers have to understand, even at my level, that they are people and they are still trying to learn in the best way for them. A one size fits all approach is not going to work. Besides…do you want to learn from someone you don’t like or want to listen to?