Hipteacher tagged me for this Teaching Meme.
- I am a good teacher because… I am reflective of my practices and honest with myself and my colleagues about my strengths and weaknesses.
- If I weren’t a teacher I would be a… lawyer, but not a trial lawyer. I don’t think I’d like the courtroom. I do like research, and I could see myself doing that.
- My teaching style is… undergoing some change. I realize I spend too much time in some areas that don’t benefit my students, and the positive reaction of the students I taught in a summer seminar to a much more discussion-based course has convinced me I need to basically eliminate reading in class altogether. Also, I have realized lately that while I love to be read to, I dislike having handouts read to me. Ugh. I will never do that again, and I don’t care whether that means I have to worry the students don’t read them without me. I am also working on making my assessments more authentic.
- My classroom is… very neat (because school hasn’t started), bright, clean (but my desk is not), and airy.
- My lesson plans are… fairly organized, as one of my goals this year is to approach my curriculum according to the principles of Understanding by Design.
- One of my teaching goals is… to help my students become better, more confident readers and writers.
- The toughest part of teaching is… balancing work and home. It is very easy to spend all of my time working, but my family needs me, too.
- The thing I love about teaching is… interaction with a collegial faculty and students. I feel fortunate to be in a profession that enables me to learn new things all the time.
- A common misconception about teaching is… that teachers have a lot of paid free time — entire summers with nothing to do, holidays, long breaks. Our contracts are based on the days we work, but are often divided over 12 months for our convenience. Anyway, most teachers I know do some work during those times, and most teachers I know also do a lot of work outside of normal work hours.
- The most important thing I’ve learning since I started teaching is… document, document, document. It’s much harder to convince others of a problem if there is no pattern, and documenting also enables teachers to make sure they are fair.
[tags]education, teaching, meme[/tags]