The one thing you wish you knew about teaching…
The one thing you wish you knew about teaching…

The one thing you wish you knew about teaching…

Blake does ask some good questions. I cherry picked a few of my favourite responses from a community of semi-like minded educators (we all follow Blake) and paused to reflect what that reveals about me.

Teaching is really hard and there is no one single perfect way to teach. Those that make it look easy have put a lot of time and effort into it!

Dan Rosen @musingsofadr

Haven’t they just. And as a new teacher, seeing an experienced teacher teach, do we remind ourselves that the relationship could be hours or hundreds of hours old.

That there is a scientific foundation to learning without which the “art of teaching is largely ineffective.” And therefore that caring deeply for children’s futures will never be enough to help at least 2/3 of our children to read, write or compute.

Scott Geisler @ScottGeisler12

Scott updated his own tweet and I included the updated version. It was important for what it said and the fact he reflected and updated it. IMHO teaching is iterative.

…students understand grace. Ask for it when you need it, because you will. They will continue to respect you, if not more, for it.

Kristen McQuillan @mcglynn3

“Be kind to yourself. You’re learning too!”

McLean McIntosh @McintoshMclean

I warmed to the humanity of Kristen’s and McLean’s comment.

The work never stops. No matter the hours you put in. Draw boundaries early to give yourself time to rest, reflect, and recuperate.

Mike Dunn, Ed.D. @michaeltdunn
  • Quite a few work-life balance comments. Learning to say “No.” – is important.
  • Personal organisation and document management – is understandable and very practical.
  • A few comments were inclusive of parent relationships – is interesting and quite possibly a reflection teachers come to after the toil of classroom planning and teaching fades a little.
  • And the fact the photocopying machine got more than a few mentions – is a truth.
  • Comments did not share the age of pupils or where they taught. Why is more important than who or where.

What did these selections reveal. That I see that there is both an art and a science to teaching.

Thanks Blake.

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