Seth Warren

Teacher - Secondary School

Roanoke Rapids, NC

Interests: 21st century learning,...

  • Posted 2 Years ago
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HALT!

HALT! Take a second and think about the last thing you did to become a better teacher other than your district/state-mandated PD.

When did you go out of your way to do something that will help you become more knowledgeable in your content area or help you find new and more engaging ways to teach your kids?

Just because we are teachers does not mean we should stop being students. 

If you stop being a student you will become stagnant or even stale. The biggest injustice we can do to our students is to become stale. By stale I mean you think you have everything down and you recycle lessons year after year and forget to do things that will help you become a better teacher. 

One thing I try to do as a younger teacher is to challenge my older colleagues to stop being so stale. In PLC's I challenge them on certain things, respectfully of course, but some are nearing retirement and are literally just counting down the days until they are retired, which results in them becoming stale. 

I challenge you to do something today to make yourself a better teacher. It does not matter if you have been teaching for ten years or ten days, you can always find something to do that will help you become a better teacher. Go observe a teacher in another school, go out of your way to find a conference that will help you with an area you think you need to improve in, go join a professional organization, DO SOMETHING.

Do NOT let yourself become stale. Your kids can see it in your demeanor and your teaching style if you've become stale, especially if you're a bit older. Stay relevant. Stay fresh. Stay dynamic.

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Jennifer_Davis_Bowman

12 Nov 15, 07:45 PM

Excellent challenge! It's our duty as teachers to continue to grow. I find it useful to chart my classroom ups (and downs) through my ASCD blog posts. It's a bonus when a post resonates with other educators and they are able to take something away or (gasp) leave a comment as to how they may use the material in the post to try something new. Not too long ago, in my journey to avoid becoming stale, I challenged myself (and other educators) in terms of student assignments. I decided that changing 1 element (number of questions, type of questions, level of peer interaction, time limit permitted for assignment) really helps to freshen up assignments. Most recently, I have been pushing myself to better develop ways to extend ownership to the learners. You can read my struggles with this here: http://edge.ascd.org/blogpost/that-awkward-moment-v3-student-centered-lessons-make-a-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-day -Very useful post Seth. Thank you for sharing!
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