Teaching is an ART. I truly believe that and it is through the slow ooze of experience, of classroom trial and error that one becomes a master teacher.
I'd like to share here, my own thoughts and ruminations on teaching, good teaching. I have many years experience and will leave some notes here for others who are following. Hopefully, after a few months, I'll collect for a nice presentation for beginning teachers.
The entries will be short, concise. Meant for others to think about , ponder and arrive at their own truth. Like a koan, like a parable, like an aphorism -- a thunderbolt of thought.
Great for courses/teacher development and training.
Eric, So true! My advice also -- keep moving or in teaching that really means - "keep them guessing"!
#8 Plans are only as good as the strength of the willingness to abandon them.
Teaching entails planning. Especially thinking through the lesson delivery and content in terms of the student's vantage point. This is the main filter through which all lessons must pass to succeed. Yet, a plan is an ideal. The real world is messy. There are fire drills and bloody noses. There are lost notebooks and slow computers. There are absences and presents.
To succeed one must be willing to abandon, at any moment and at any time. It is the present which is the present and not its relation to the future. As you teach, teach in that moment. Your plans are only a map -- there are innumerable real and unmarked paths to reach your destination.