If my students aren't learning, am I actually teaching?
You know what I mean?
I know there are days where I am clearly doing the work of presenting content in class.
I assign readings.
I show a video clip.
I ask questions of the students.
I ask students to share their stories.
I arrange materials for hands-on activities.
I ask my students to do ridiculous things--like bring three pairs of socks to Intro to Ed. (Yes, that last one actually happened yesterday...I taught them to juggle.)
I do a lot of things in my work of teaching.
But what if my students don't actually learn anything by my song-and-dance? What if they go through the motions, do the things I ask them to do, play the game...but don't come away having learned something new, made meaning of the materials, found clarity where there was confusion.
Have I really taught?
What if teaching isn't really teaching unless there is learning? And how does this thought impact what I do in my classroom today?
|That golden time when I have a few moments to get |
centered...helps me to feel fully ready to teach!
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