Tuesday, January 11, 2022

10 Key Questions to Becoming A Thinking Teacher

1) What can I do to know about my students?
Activities included in the classroom should be reflective of student interests. It should also be cross curricular and connect history with a ratio of 70% current interests with 30% cross curricular or historical connection. The teacher should engage with the students as much as possible and the assessment must be completed in the classroom, ideally, as much as possible.

2) What do I know about the learning environment I am teaching in?
A classroom should be a projection of the teacher and the students. It should reflect an atmosphere where socioemotional development of the student can take place. It is is our responsibility. Students are more stimulated when the teacher takes their time to build connections. Students are also more engaged with lessons delivery having a personal touch

3) What goals should a teacher put in place in order to become a better teacher?
The teacher should be passionate about celebrating their students’ cultures. The teacher should teach about diversity and equity. He/She should be able to mediate social conflicts in the classroom or refer the matter to the guidance counselor and other  concerned authorities. The teacher should set-up appointments with the parents when the student does not follow expected rules and procedures repeatedly in class after being told by the teacher repeatedly. 

4) How important is feedback for the students?
I've learned it's important to provide students with different methods for giving feedback, especially if it can be done anonymously. Students care about what their teachers think, but they might care even more about what their peers think about them. I'd like to find more ways to accomplish this going forward. 

5) Is there any community to support students and teachers?
Yes, the school administration, guidance and resource staff, the school union representative, social worker, Board EAP--Employee Assistance Program, all of these help teachers and students.

6) Is it easy to practice guided authority on students?
As a teacher I am comfortable in my authority and typically find it easy when the behavior is predictable to make connections with my students though I do want to challenge myself in my lesson planning and try different activities cause it is easy for my to fall into a repetitive outline

7) How to create a caring and safe environment?
Connecting with students, notice trigger behaviors, inquire by asking small questions, have a stress chart, communicate with the support staff, always maintain professional boundary to focus on the goal of providing a caring and safe environment, if you can verbally stop a physical fight do that else call support staff do not engage in physically stopping a fight. 

8) What can teachers do in order to better manage time? 
 There never seems to be enough time to get everything done when it comes to time management. You can make a real time document of the calendar where you can enter everything you want to share with the students and the parents.

9) Where should teachers report bullying? 
Teachers must document bullying and reach out to the support staff. It should not be swept under the carpet and it must be looked at. Social inclusion also comes under the banner of bullying. Social,  physical and cyber bullying are the most widespread times of bullying. 

10) How should teachers teach in the pandemic (COVID-19/Omicron)?
COVID has been here for two years and it is continuing on for another year. All COVID-19  schools policies must be with your school principal. You must contact your principal and your school board websites to be 100% sure what are the expectations you must adhere to. To implement the policies can be challenging but a teacher must try to follow as much as possible. You must reach for help if you feel stressed out and you are unsure about anything to your higher authorities. For better engagement with the curriculum adding COVID and Omicron conversation in the lesson plan can make the students engage with their current world more.

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