Friday, June 20, 2014

1.20 Lessons - Practice Makes Perfect?

Bestest Friend and I are embarking on a new blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twentieth day of each month is "Lessons."

When I teach, there’s so much to keep track of: What are the strengths and weaknesses of each student? I don’t want to ask the mathphobic person a hard math question. What is the teaching point of this problem? Of this page? What are common misperceptions about this? How I can build up students’ confidence without just telling them the answers? How can I be simultaneously self-deprecating and instill confidence in my expertise? What does that word mean anyway?

And the truth is that I don’t always get it right. I get it right a lot. But every time I step into the classroom, it’s like a new minefield with new traps and mistakes to be made. Every student is a new person with a new set of surprise answers and questions for me. Practice does not make perfect; it makes you more flexible and hones your ability to turn inevitable mistakes into teaching points.

To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit To Quit.   

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