- *Reflection: You will fail and succeed. Master teachers. Veteran teachers. Novice teachers. We all have fails. You are innovating and creating – often from scratch – ways to reach and teach children every day. This is an enormously hard and challenging task. Every day when you show up, demonstrate vulnerability and risk taking, you are modeling the methods of success for children. You will have fails, and then you will reflect on that, and then you will try again a different way, and attain successes. *Tip: As you reflect regularly on your teaching craft, consider surveying the customers! Use SurveyMonkey, Google Forms, exit slips, etc., to gather student feedback and input. ~ “There is no innovation and creativity without failure” ~ Brené Brown
“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.” ~ Aristotle
- *Reflection: What do Master Teachers have to say about it? Local Teachers of the Year all have similar philosophies: They help students believe in themselves; … know the importance of being flexible and adapting; they view themselves as students eager to continue their professional growth and discover ideas. Great teachers … “wear many hats, want to hear students’ voices and believe those voices have value, balance Tradition with Innovation, ‘sell it’, and are ‘real’ with students.” What Master Teacher habits and High-Leverage practices will you develop?
“Once she knows how to read there’s only one thing you can teach her to believe in and that is herself.” ~ Virginia Woolf
- *Reflection: Find a Mentor. You have the benefit of recent educational training in current teaching practices and philosophy. Veteran teachers have the wisdom of experience with children, tried and true methods for connecting with and reaching them; and know that until you reach them, you cannot teach them. You will benefit greatly from finding such a mentor at your school. Look for the teacher who practices open door policy with students during recess and lunch (they always have kids in their room), who offers after school help, who is involved with school-wide events and projects, and who practices self-reflection and attends Professional Developments to stay on top of new ideas and research. This is the teacher who is truly invested in students.
“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First by reflection, which is noblest; Second by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is bitterest.” ~ Confucius