It’s not about you or me, it’s about them…

Those words really resonated with me when I attended a training recently.  Even though we are focused on students sometimes we need these words as reminders.  We need to adjust so that needs can be met.  One of the most important things to remember is not to panic!  Bruce Ellis shared this great analogy with me recently “When teachers used to use the chalkboard and their chalk broke, they didn’t stop the lesson and say, ‘kids we are not using the chalkboard today’, why are we using that excuse with technology today”.  When technology fails or gives us a hiccup, we need to brave enough to keep trying and adjust not panic!

Top 6 things to have in the back of your mind as a reminder to keep focused on students

  • Shift the focus to students so that student are producing, creating, teaching and being engaged in the learning.
  • Model what you want the kids to produce.  Don’t under estimate the skills needed to be successful.
  • Determine what you really want them to be able to learn, and then let them choose the pathway to that learning.
  • There is no magic pill, the first time you try to teach something it might not be successful, but with the right planning and perseverance, you have the recipe for success.
  • Students are millennials, they love instant feedback, active learning, technology and they need to know why the learning is relevant to them.
  • If you don’t believe in what you are teaching- then they won’t either.

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Focusing on the student will bring the focus back to creativity.  The supporting premises appears in the new learning standards in Creating a New Vision for Public Education recognizing the importance of reflection and closing of a lesson.   

II.e Standards should tap curiosity and imagination in the traditional academic core, aesthetic and skill areas in a way so that lack of proficiency in any one area does not discourage students from recognizing and pursuing their special talents and learning in other areas.

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