Students should be asking questions more than teachers are giving answers. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. After watching the What 60 Schools Can Tell Us About Teaching 21st Century Skills video, those are the most important lessons that I took away. Equally as important, connecting with other schools in order to work together to solve problems within our buildings was another take away.
This is what I have been encouraged to do throughout this DLL program. Ask questions. Get uncomfortable. Talk to each other. All of these things are what have been pushing me to learn more and do better. I don’t always have all of the answers, but if I don’t ask questions will I ever learn the answer? I have been teaching for 14 years and yes, I have become very comfortable within my classroom and my building, as well as with my teaching, but if I don’t get uncomfortable and try something different will my students continue to learn? We have plenty of new teachers in our building – right out of college, transfers from different levels, transfers from other districts – if we don’t talk to one another about our experiences in our different settings, can we solve any problems? These types of questions have pushed me to implement new ideas into my classroom. It’s pushing me to continue to learn.
As teachers, we need to practice what we preach. Modeling these practices will push our students to learn and practice these important skills. When one way doesn’t work, let’s work together to find a new approach. Let’s talk about our mistakes and how we can grow from them.