If there is one thing I’ve learned to do over the past 18 years, it’s to trust my own intuition when it comes to teaching.
There are so many buzz words in education these days, and it is important to know them for things like job interviews and such. There are, of course, certain ideas about educating children that outlive trendy buzz words. “Child-centred” and “responsive teaching” are two phrases that come to mind. I believe anyone would be hard-pressed to argue about the merits of these two.
There will be always be new teaching strategies, new programs, and new ideas about how best to teach things like reading, writing, and mathematics. It’s easy to get caught up in what these new programs are selling. And don’t think they aren’t selling something, because they always are.
My advice would be to keep focused on your own teaching. Be reflective, and if you know deep down that there are areas of your practice that could use some tuning up, seek out some professional learning for yourself in that area. You are much more likely to improve if you learn about something that you actually want to learn about.
Trust yourself. You didn’t come into this profession by chance. You love education and the thrill of learning something new isn’t only for your students.
Learn on, my friends.
Cathy Baker View All →
Dedicated teacher for the past 18 years. Lifelong learner. Newbie blogger. Follow me on Twitter @Baker1973Cathy
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