I was taught that the textbook was my guide. I now know my students are my guide. I was taught that the thing to “teach next” was the chapter coming up. I now know that it depends on what their questions are, what they’re ready for, and where the learning leads us. I was taught I should make worksheets for kids to fill in and collect points. I now know that the half hour I spend creating a worksheet is better spent engaging in discussions with kids and creating scaffolding materials to differentiate. I was taught that my textbook was my curriculum. I now know that people in textbook company offices, who’ve never met my kids, *might not know what’s best for my kids. I was taught a lot of things. A lot of things that weren’t best for my kids.
*might in this case means “definitely not”