Monday, August 10, 2009

52 Teachers, 52 Lessons #28: Never Stop Being Inquisitive

This week's post comes from Amanda, a high school math teacher in Monmouth County, NJ.

Never stop being inquisitive! We want that for our students and we should model that behavior. Don't be afraid to ask a colleague: How do you decide on exam questions? Why did you weight each multiple choice 2 points instead of 1? How do you teach [insert topic here]? What makes a course PreCalc instead of Algebra 2? How do you deal with homework in your class?

Don't be afraid to ask yourself questions too. It's important we constantly reflect to determine areas we need to improve: What do I feel is the importance of homework? How can I get that message to my students? What do I want them to get from this unit? Why am I teaching? Is there anything I can do/change to help clarify the expectations for my students?

We need to always remember to evolve as teachers, and so it follows that we need to always need to be students of the art of teaching.

Read more about this project here or add the 52 teachers 52 lessons tag to your favorites. Email your entries to teachforever AT gmail DOT com. Week 29 is scheduled for next Monday, August 17th, but at the time of publication that spot was still open!