do you know when it's time to change your approach?
know it's time to change direction when I see blank faces, or when a
student says "I'm missing something," or "I don't get
it." It means that I need to switch my approach. Often when I'm
trying to teach a particular concept and I know that the students aren't
getting it, I talk with some of the other adults in the room -- I have
a graduate student intern, and various other people coming in and out.
We talk about what I wanted the students to get from the lesson, and
what they actually got and understood. Often we do backwards planning
-- we decide that we need to follow up with a more hands-on approach,
or that we need to clarify something. And sometimes we decide that the
students really got it and we're ready to go to the next level.
will be your "next move"?
I think that my
challenge will always be to continually assess what I'm doing. What
I think works well one year falls short the next. Also I'm leaning more
towards hands-on discovery. I think it's very easy for teachers to set
things up for children. It's much easier for me to come up with the
questions. I want to step out of the picture as much as I can and have
the students more in charge of their own learning. That's really difficult