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!