'"It's OK for things to be hard. That's when we learn. We show we believe in ourselves by saying things like
'I don't get it yet.'"
'I don't get it yet.'"
My first goal is take time to reread Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives by Peter H. Johnston (Stenhouse, 2012). I know I got the BIG ideas, but I'm sure there are so many little ideas that I need to decipher and connect to at home and in my classroom. I was feeling very guilty about my language choices and feeling immense pressure to make big changes. Learning from the other #cyberPD participants through reflective blog posts, forward thinking comments, and the fast Twitter chat (including Mr. Peter Johnston himself!) relieved my stress.
I'm REALLY not good at this yet, but I'm also not alone!
As I was thinking about this post over the last couple days, I was bombarded by quotes shared from colleagues via Twitter (and other daily reading and browsing) consistently reminding me what is important:
"Our kids in our classroom might not remember WHAT we teach them, but they will never forget the experiences we give them." ~ Steven W. Anderson
"Our jobs are not to lecture content and spoon feed facts. Our lives as teachers are about inspiring kids." ~ Krissy Venosdale
"No guilt. Just action." ~ Peter Johnston
Mistakes are opportunities for learning. ~ Deb Frazier
Even with technology, it's about PROCESS over product. ~ Deb Frazier
"Do we intentionally teach the culture of the classroom before we demand it?" ~ Deb Frazier
Reducing instruction, increasing engagement. ~ Peter Johnston (Stenhouse blog)
"If you are an educator, you are an inspiration to someone. Someone is looking up to you and wants to be like you." ~ Steven W. Anderson
"We need more discussions in schools about how to create engaging, motivating, authentic learning experiences." ~ Krissy Venosdale
"Don Graves found in 1978 Ford Foundation Study: One teacher can change a student as a reader and writer forever. Be that teacher." ~ Penny Kittle
". . . I figured out that SILENT and LISTEN are made of the same letters." ~ One For the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
One after the other, smacking me up side the head reminding me again what is important in my classroom:
- Continue to focus on building a classroom learning community
- Listen. Listen some more.
- Use language to encourage the dynamic mindset
- Focus on the process
- Create a dialogic classroom:
- Say less, listen more
- Ask open questions
- Provide wait time
- Use more nonjudgemental responses
- Teach students to listen and respond appropriately
- Nurture a sense of inquiry, uncertainty to engage students
- Remember teaching is planned opportunism, requires constant improvisation, and choosing more productive talk
- Think together through books
I also hope this isn't the end of our conversations . . . let us continue on!
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#cyberPD: Learning more from others!