My teaching philosophy is rooted in the effective teaching movement where educators
collaborate with their peers to share teaching models which did and did not work
in the classroom. We are basically ‘scroungers’ who may keep the entire lesson or
just its core as we tweak it to fit any unique situations in our own classrooms.
As ‘cutting-edge’ as we might want to think these techniques are, effective teachers
have been sharing what works and doesn’t for thousands of years.
And within the movement, we also learn to admit that not much learning takes place
without good classroom management. So, this means we are always looking for ways
to better manage the class, support each student and our fellow teachers.
Needless to say, that makes Harry Wong and Fred Jones the current ‘apostles’ of my
effective teaching resources. Harry got me started and Fred showed me how to more
effectively extend it into my high school math classes. And a tip of the hat has
to go to Ron Rohac and his creative ideas for developing the vocabulary and comprehension
of ESL student. Even EFL students improve with it.
Any original work I’ve done has just one copywrite rule -copy it right and don’t
charge people for it! i.e. “You’re free to use and modify my stuff, so just give
it away since you got it for free.”
When you find what works, share it with whomever will listen to you foam at the mouth
on about how some of your students “Got It!” that day/week. Hang around positive
teachers so you can keep your chin up and learn to become one of them! Encourage
fellow teachers. Keep telling the kids that they can get this stuff and that they
are worth it! Sit in on the best teachers in the department and discover how they
make cognitive and behavioral connections with their students. Then make their insights
Never forget that we fellow teachers are our best resources. We just have to find
ways of sharing this stuff with each other.
And one last comment. Learn to tell a bad pun now and then to keep those kids guessing
about you. Check out my Goof Off Page for more ideas.
Your fellow math teaching professional,
Q: How do you find a good wrecker service if you’re in an accident?
A: Look for one who will ‘tow’ the line!
You see, effective teachers are always modeling the behavior they want their students
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