Ever notice how crystal clear things can be when you look back? Suddenly, things make sense.
What’s more important?
…earning an “A” on a science quiz or making a true connection with how science impacts our daily lives?
…knowing facts about the Civil War or reflecting and understanding how the Civil War shaped our country?
…copying twenty definitions or being able to use context clues to figure out what a word means?
…a silent classroom or a room full of kids collaborating, chatting, and brainstorming together?
…coming down hard on that kid for everything or finding out that his life at home is a struggle and letting him know you are there for him?
…being in charge of the computers, or the kids having ownership in the technology in the room?
…doing things the way they’ve always been done, or doing what’s right for kids?
…telling kids information, or listening to their questions?
…having a gradebook full of scores, or one meaningful project that a child will remember for the rest of their life?
…the content you teach or the character you build?
…an hour lecture explaining history, or the chance for kids to explore and figure out history themselves?
…being in charge of the class, or the kids being in charge of their learning?