i am working on notes and lesson plans for class, and i’m struggling. i know seasoned teachers rarely talk pedagogy unless they are having a mutual problem with a particular student. BUT I WANT TO TALK PEDAGOGY. and i also don’t. here’s the thing:
i already know what to do in order to yield the results i want in class, it’s just that i have not yet perfected the implementation of those moves. in other words, i am like a sleight of hand magician: i know what the trick is supposed to look like in the end, and i know the motions to make with my hands in order to achieve that illusion. but i have not yet mastered the technique.
what i want is for my students to experience the thrill of having an idea. the rush you get from making connections. but i also have in mind, as a teacher, things i think they should know about the material. i don’t want to lecture. i’m bad at it. what i think i AM good at is commenting on free-writes, facilitating discussion, distilling student comments, and re-phrasing them in a more teacher-ly way.
practice, practice, practice…
the good news is that my students are certainly doing their part thus far: they do the reading, they speak in class, they engage, they show enthusiasm. i hope to hold their interest long enough to nurture and sustain this energy throughout!