The Best Teaching Advice I Ever Received!




This month's Secondary Smorgasbord is all about sharing the best advice we've ever received.

Mine is from my Dad.  He taught Jr. High English for about 15 years and then was an Assistant Principal at another Jr. High for several more.  He was my "go-to" resource for all things teaching because he had "been there, done that".  Plus he always knew just the right thing to do.  And this pearl of wisdom was no exception:




I know this doesn't sound profound but it was just the sort of thing I needed to hear when I felt overwhelmed and behind.  My Dad always said as long as everything was ready for me to teach the next day, then I would be fine because the primary objective - the students' learning - is all set to go.  Then during the day there will be time to chip away at that "To-do" list and it will get done even if it is little by little.  This has worked for me going on 22 years so far!  It's a "keep it simple" approach and I think it's one that we need more than ever these days.  




6 comments

  1. Sometimes keeping it simple is the best we can do. The less stress we have and the more practical we are, the better prepared we are. Great advice.

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  2. The year seems pretty daunting when you look at a curriculum map or a calendar, but the truth is that we are teaching students not spreadsheets, and the kids will be there to see us tomorrow. This dovetails nicely with The Daring English Teacher's reminder to appreciate the ways we've had an impact on students--our vocation is built around human interactions cultivated day to day, so in some ways we really need to just focus on the next day! Nice post!

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  3. This is actually really great advice! I know there were many days in my classroom that I wanted to forget, and just getting ready for the next day helped me refocus to what could be instead of what already was!

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  4. Words of wisdom from Dad! It's perfect--thank you for sharing!

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  5. I love your father's KISS approach to handling the overwhelm. It's like reminding someone to breathe when frustration creeps in!

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