- *Reflection: Can you go deeper? The questions you ask have a purpose; different types and levels of questions are designed to promote specific learning goals. When and why do you ask closed questions? Open-ended questions? Be intentional with your questions.*Tip: Facilitate higher level learning through sentence stems. *Points to Ponder: What if you teach students how to formulate their own questions to drive their learning??
“The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.” ~ Alice Wellington Rollins
- *Reflection: Are you including a Fun Factor? Are you nurturing the life-long learner developing within your students? Will they leave your class believing that learning can be fun and rewarding in and of itself?! The fun factor can also help students retain material and reduce anxiety. “Fun is the genetic reward for learning.” ~ William GlassnerPoints to Ponder… Go Pro or Bust. As teachers, we encourage and inspire students in finding their passions, exploring their interests, and developing their skills. Yet, often times the messaging in education is that the value of a skill or interest is measured by its probability of future return in the form of employment or monetary gain. Consider a student who is passionate about drawing, or playing an instrument or a sport; but what if their passion does not translate into a viable career or maybe they just don’t have the talent or skill level to make a living doing it? Should they stop? Are career path pursuits the only valuable endeavors? Can we expand the idea to include learning for a holistic balance of pursuits, for an enriched life with meaning and joy, as well as developing viable career and employment skills? “The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves.” ~ Joseph Campbell
- *Reflection: How are you nurturing creativity? Expression through the Arts is a fundamental part of our humanity, and in fact informs invention and creation across academic spheres. Are your students exercising their creativity muscles across disciplines and content areas? ~ “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” ~ Albert Einstein
“Life is not linear it is organic, we create our lives symbiotically as we explore our talents in relation to the circumstances they help to create for us.” ~ Sir Ken Robinson