When you listen to people who are very quick to criticise (and we know there are plenty of teacher bashers around), you could be forgiven for wanting to stick to the same ol’ routines. But nothing stays the same, does it.....
In teaching, you get really good at ‘the thing’ that you do. You know how the curriculum works, how the classroom energy ebbs and flows, what to subtly change in your planning to get the result you need for your students.
But when you get a particularly difficult group, or have a new curriculum to follow, you don’t have the same intimate knowledge or experience. You do your research, make your most educated assumptions, deploy what’s worked for you at other times and give it your best shot.
If everyone in teaching gave up after the first time they tried something new, what a sorry state the sector would be in. What unifies teachers is their ability to learn from experience.
We need to be made of brave and resilient stuff if we are to adapt our experience and try new ideas. We need to take the rough with the smooth. Learn when things don’t go as planned. And keep doing the hard work when most other people might give up, or have gone home for the evening.
So, when’s the last time you tried something new in your teaching practice? I’d love to hear how you got on.
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