One Teacher's Voice

Think.Learn.Know.Act

End of semester wrap-up

[Original date posted: 12/12/2011]

Well it’s just about done.  My first semester in school.  It has been a remarkably challenging semester and I have grown in so many ways.  I could go on and on about everything I’ve learned but here are a few ruminations on my experience so far:

  • Teaching is hard.  Teaching is really, really hard.
  • A little bit of humility goes a long way.
  • Collaboration is an absolute key to success.
  • It is so important to consider other perspectives and viewpoints.
  • NOTHING positive comes from gossip and I should avoid it at all costs (one professor recommended eating lunch away from the staff room where a lot of negativity breeds).
  • There’s never going to be enough time.  I might as well accept it and move on.
  • Children should be assessed based on what they know, not what they don’t know.  It’s the same information but communicated in a way that allows the student to exceed expectations rather than always having a deficit.  We have our whole lives to learn what we don’t know, why not base our instruction on what the child already knows?
  • I need to start developing healthier eating habits.

There’s a lot more but I just don’t have any smart brain cells left to formulate a decent educational thought.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

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