Getting feedback on my demo lesson was great. Especially because the department head is such an intelligent, clear, thoughtful etc. person. (I would looooove to come work for him.)
And I realized that not once at my last job did I have the chance to get meaningful feedback. All my observations…
I completely identify with this post. My second year of teaching, I had one really difficult class (grade 8) that basically gave me a nervous breakdown. I tried every management technique I knew, talked with the parents of the most problematic children, talked with admin about solutions for dealing with their behaviour (which was the most challenging part because the principal basically put the onus on me for their behaviour although they had been problematic for years), etc. The only feedback I ever got from admin that year was on my inability to manage their behaviour and not on any of my actual teaching. I spent all of my time dealing with behaviour issues rather than on developing my other teaching skills (which may have helped, at least a little, with some of the behaviour problems). There was very much an us vs. them dichotomy set up between the admin and teachers.
Due to that year, I thought that I was a horrible teacher and didn’t belong in the profession. I even contemplated stepping away from education, but instead I subbed for a couple of years and then found a wonderful job, albeit only on a short term contract, that reinforced that I was capable. Working as a part of a team in a positive environment made me a better teacher. It gave me the confidence to try new things in order to figure out what works best for my style as an educator, to build positive relationships with my students, and to work collaboratively with staff - everything that was missing from my previous position. I had almost zero behavioural issues at this school as well.
Getting feedback from colleagues and admin is so incredibly important when it helps to build you up rather than tear you down.
Pamphlet = “pamp-let”
Sean = “seen”
Nauseous = “nor-see-us”
True story, in 6th grade I first met my classmate Sean. I called him “Seen”
I mispronounced vaguely while reading The Outsiders out loud in grade 8. Everyone laughed, I turned bright red and I have not mispronounced it since.
When my students read aloud, I am hyper aware of difficult words that may be coming in the text and squash any students’ reaction to mispronunciation instantly.
It is 8:30pm on a Friday night. I’m already in my pyjamas and I’m just waiting for the dishwasher to finish so I can get a clean mug and make a mug brownie to eat while I watch Stardust. Two very long days do not make a very good start to the weekend. Hoping that chocolate and De Niro in a dress help me to make it to what resembles a normal bedtime for an adult.
TeachThought is doing a reflective teaching blog challenge for the month of September. I thought of my edupeeps here on tumblr and encourage you to jump in anytime and participate as much or as little as you like. If you, tag your post #reflectiveteaching
I also encourage those of you who are not classroom teachers to also participate, and to morph the questions as needed to join in. I know I sometimes have a hard time engaging in these kinds of things now that I’m out of the classroom, which causes me to feel a bit disconnected from my previous identity and the communities I once thrived on, but I’m getting better at breaking the rules to make things less exclusionary when I need to ;)
I think I might try to answer the ones that speak to me, and will do a mix of micro-blog, blog, and vlog posts depending on my mood and which will serve my purpose at the time.
Write your goals for the school year. Be as specific or abstract as you’d like to be!
Write about one piece of technology that you would like to try this year, and why. You might also write about what you’re hoping to see out of this edtech integration.
Discuss one “observation” area that you would like to improve on for your teacher evaluation.
Respond: What do you love the most about teaching?
Post a picture of your classroom, and describe what you see–and what you don’t see that you’d like to.
Explain: What does a good mentor “do”?
Who was or is your most inspirational colleague, and why?
What’s in your desk drawer, and what can you infer from those contents?
Write about one of your biggest accomplishments in your teaching that no one knows about (or may not care).
Share five random facts about yourself.
Share four things from your bucket list.
Share three things that you hope for this year, as a “person” or an educator.
Share two things that have made you laugh or cry as an educator.
Share one thing you wish more people knew about you.
What is your favorite part of the school day and why?
How do you envision your teaching changing over the next five years?
Name the top edtech tools that you use on a consistent basis in the classroom, and rank them in terms of their perceived (by you) effectiveness.
What is feedback for learning, and how well do you give it to students?
Name three strengths you have as an educator.
If you could have one superpower to use in the classroom, what would it be and how would it help?
What do you think is the most challenging issue in education today?
Create a metaphor/simile/analogy that describes your teaching philosophy. For example, a “teacher is a ________…”
Name three powerful students can reflect on their learning, then discuss closely the one you use most often.
How do you curate student work–or help them do it themselves?
Do you have other hobbies/interests that you bring into your classroom teaching? Explain.
What does your PLN look like, and what does it to for your teaching?
Write about one way that you “meaningfully” involve the community in the learning in your classroom. If you don’t yet do so, discuss one way you could get started.
Which learning trend captures your attention the most, and why? (Mobile learning, project-based learning, game-based learning, etc.)
The ideal collaboration between students–what would it look like?
What are your three favorite go-to sites for help/tips/resources in your teaching?
What role do weekends and holidays play in your teaching?
Respond: Should technology drive curriculum, or vice versa?
How have you changed as an educator since you first started?
What would you do (as a teacher) if you weren’t afraid?
I’m going to try to participate in this, but my days may be out of order.
Hey tumblr teachers! I’m looking for a quotation about how reading is an act of empathy. I know it exists because I’ve seen it on tumblr before (I think someone even used it on their course outline for this year). Thought I had saved it or reblogged it, but no dice. I’ve been searching all for it all weekend. Does anyone know the quotation that I’m talking about?
My first week at the new job is done. I think I’m going to love teaching at this school. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful and I love my classes too.
My grade 7s are so timid and obedient right now, but I know that’s going to change once they adjust to the “huge” new school they’re at now. My 3 grade 8 classes are all over the map. One is a huge Honors class (34 students! Oy vey!) which is incredibly chatty, but friendly and enthusiastic about learning. I have another grade 8 class that is very low ability, but I found out that I have an EA to work with for that class. The last grade 8 class is right in the middle; a couple of lower ability and the rest seem pretty average. The third class is actually the French Immersion group.
My Social Studies 8 class is going to be a bit of a challenge, but I’m excited about the content of the course.
I think I love my grade 10s already! None of them said they were scared of reading Shakespeare when I asked on the first day. That never happens! There are always a few that seem terrified. I also don’t think I’ll have to re-teach any of the basic short story terminology. We breezed through Plot, Setting, and Conflict yesterday. They knew all of the terminology! I’ve had to re-teach some of the basics to grade 11 and 12 students in the past. I get to spend all year with this group, which is incredibly unusual for high school, but they are in band and the two classes alternate days.
The week was exhausting (and I was sick for all of it), but I’m really excited about this year!
I want you close, Edmonton.
I’m in that crowd!! I was right at the front stage left.
Yesterday afternoon at Sonic Boom was one of my favourite days this summer. Dear Rouge, July Talk (I have so many amazing pictures of their performance), MSMR, Cage the Elephant, Serena Ryder and Tegan & Sara. It was awesome! I will definitely be sharing some of my own pictures after today is over!
I have another interview tomorrow! Same district, different school, different assignment. The job is Grade 7, 8 and 10 English at a school I know fairly well because I’ve subbed there in the past. It’s not quite full time, but it would get my foot in the door.
Wish me luck!
I GOT THE JOB!!! I go in tomorrow to meet with the Department Head and make up my course outlines and then students start on Tuesday!
- I have another interview tomorrow! Same district, different school, different assignment. The job is Grade 7, 8 and 10 English at a school I know fairly well because I've subbed there in the past. It's not quite full time, but it would get my foot in the door.
- Wish me luck!