LEARN TO TEACH isn't a declarative or imperative. I'm not slamming your approach or telling you I've got the goods on classroom management, pedagogical mindset, or a million other things you probably have a better handle on than I do. I'm lucky enough to do the work I do and so are you. LEARN TO TEACH is my way of reminding myself to keep questioning and learning from the world around me-- to turn exciting and mundane experiences alike into ones that I can find truth and knowledge in, so I can share them with students and turnkey them into project-based programs. Simply put: I LEARN TO TEACH.
A DAY ON THE LOWER BAY:
The Lower Bay is the body of water that runs between New Jersey, Staten Island, and Brooklyn. Every once in a while I'm lucky enough to go out on a friend's boat and explore the water with a knowledgeable group of fisherman and a legit sea captain. For a lot of people, this is a day to relax, to shut down the brain and take in the sun. For people like us, those obsessed with finding new ways to turn the content we are expected to teach into something great, a trip on the ocean(or anywhere) can inspire a thousand lessons we can bring back to our classrooms. More importantly it can inform who we are as learners, so that we can better serve our students. Here are 3 lessons I learned about how to become a better teacher:
INSIGHT #1: It's Okay To Not Know Stuff
I think one character trait that cripples and plagues a lot of adults is the idea that we believe we need to know everything. This leads to insecurity and the inability to ask for help, which usually results in a defensive ego. As we become more insecure and defensive, we enter the danger zone: we begin to believe we actually do know everything . One doesn't need to look too far to realize that the majority of the world's problems are formed by people who think they know everything.