We’re all humans, and we all make mistakes. We all have flaws and shortcomings, and some of us may not fully understand how we come across or how our limited scope might negatively affect others. It’s important to take ownership and apologize, but it’s just as important to approach someone about their mistake with grace.
Disastrous is the only way I can describe that first week. Kids were confused, unprepared, and as my fellow middle school teachers can attest, dreadful at managing their own time without support. My risk, one I had contemplated for months, had not paid off at all.
The instructor took 2 willing, passionate, and educated students who wanted to learn the material and made us frustrated and confused. After 2 days of this, I shut down and went into non-compliant mode. “I don’t know. Why don’t you show me the docking procedure?”
… the trends and discussions I’ve witnessed show an increased desire to shed light on the situation. Change is coming. As educators, we need to continue bringing writing to the foreground, bringing attention to its influence, and lay the groundwork for this change. We need to ensure we have the tools needed to help students find their voice.
…xperience, especially during my undergrad years, I was cautioned away from teaching numerous times. Many suggested I should go into business or marketing, so I could “make some real money” and actually have a shot at paying off my student loans. I was told that teaching really isn’t a viable career option, and something I should probably view …