What I Learned Teaching

This might be a short entry, but oh well here it goes. This is just a brainstorm of things that come to mind when I think about the last 15 years as a high school science teacher.

  1. Every lesson need not be planned.
  2. Every lesson better be planned.
  3. 5 minutes is all you can expect from a high school students attention span.
  4. Once you get a student out of the classroom and into the outdoors, the real learning begins.
  5. My favorite days teaching have been on field trips/hikes or overnights.
  6. The most stressful days of my teaching have been on field trips/hikes or overnights.
  7. I don’t like teaching the same lesson/skill 5 times a day.
  8. I love when a student explains to me the moment they understood/applied a concept from class.
  9. When a student asks Why am I learning this? or When am I going to use this? is always a good day.
  10. My students need great, not good mentors.
  11. Everyday in the classroom is a new start, not a continuation of yesterday.
  12. Every student needs the opportunity to find out what kind of learner they are in order to find academic success.
  13. When I step up and bring my A-game to the classroom, my students step up and bring theirs.
  14. For every 1 bad thing that happened in the classroom, 20 good things happened in the classroom and don’t forget it!

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