Teachers need to lead students. A leader takes ownership of obstacles and responsibility to find creative solutions so that students can make progress with their meaningful work.
If every other program in education was left exactly as it is, containing all of the flaws and problems that currently exist, but the quality of the average teacher was improved, students would greatly benefit. I believe that the benefit to students from such an approach would vastly outshine the benefits secure from fixing all of the problems that exist in textbooks, curriculum, and testing tools.
Conflict Navigation Have you ever wondered how a teacher modeling their interactions with students like an FBI agent would interact with a violent criminal could positively impact education? I didn’t think so. Let’s change that. But first, I think it will be important to change the likely images that came to mind when thinking of […]
Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child. Make them thirst, offer water. Welcome to On Teaching. If you’re brand new, we are trying to motivate much-needed changes in education from within. This is about challenging yourself to become the best teacher you can be. In doing so, we hope that […]
Grade Articulation In the previous discussion we examined setting a meaningful goal for the entire class. We saw how it can transform the way a class works together and how it can help all levels of students feel connected, engaged, responsible, and valuable. Now let’s talk about the measuring stick, grades. We are going to […]
Goals Welcome to On Teaching. If you’d like to hear the podcast episode where we discuss the content of this blog post, please click here. We have identified seven foundational elements of quality teaching and here we will discuss the third, Goals. In the previous post we talked about having a well-defined purpose that will […]
Foundations of Teaching Part 1 You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink. What if you make it thirsty, then offer water? Introduction: Take a moment to answer this question. What is the purpose of your class? Now, is that purpose likely to be intrinsically meaningful to the majority of […]
Welcome to On Teaching. Our goal is to improve the nature of education by helping teachers challenge their practices and beliefs. By doing so teachers will be better equipped to make tough decisions by being better able to identify what is truly important, and worth fighting over, as well as what is not important. Such […]