Rose Couture

Aspiring teacher. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ― William Arthur Ward

Reading 1: Teaching in the Undertow

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In the short story Teaching in the undertow from The New Teacher Book, Gregory Michie demonstrates the importance of new teachers to keep focus on their goals. As a beginner in the profession, you must start with something small and always remember to look at the bigger picture when it comes to evaluating your teaching methods. By starting with something small, teachers are not exhausting themselves trying to reach a very big goal that is harder and that contains more challenges. New teachers have to follow specific plans. You want the content that you are presenting to the classroom to be meaningful and to make a difference in the student’s perspectives. Therefore, you have to work really hard at finding reliable sources and exciting content to introduce into your days. Also, teachers should not post-pone finding information and planning because you will eventually fall behind, opening the door to the “easy” content and methods, and having a direct impact on the students. It is also important to develop connections with colleagues, superiors and people from the community in order to get some tips, ideas or even have them evaluate your work to tell you what you need to be working on or what you need to cut out from your teaching methods. Instead of focusing on the negative and thinking that you are not making any difference by teaching against oppression, you have to keep in mind the positive aspects. Examining what went well in your classroom helps. You might not see the impact of your teaching right away, but like everything else, it takes time and you will see that you are making a difference if you are patient!

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