An invitation to come out of the bloset

Blo-set: (blôzt)
A place that offers safety to readers who aren’t yet ready to start commenting on blogs

There have been some incredible comments lately from first time visitors, and long time lurkers. Many of the comments are worthy of being separated out and becoming posts of their own worthy of continued reflection. Frankly, I think that the comments on the posts from November are more worthy of being read than the posts themselves. I am in awe that so many people have spent so much time writing incredibly thought provoking comments. So instead of a normal post, I leave you with some of the thoughts that have been floating around in my head that I write down on a piece of paper and carry around in my pocket each day.  I invite you to please take one and reflect on it in a comment, or on your own blog and leave a link to the post in a comment. You own this blog post. I would love to know what you think. If you have been out of the bloset for a while, please set the example and leave one on this post or write your own. If you are still in the bloset, I would especially love for you to come out of the bloset today by leaving a comment and let us know what you are thinking!

Do your students trust you?

Are your beliefs obstacles to growth?

When was the last time you asked the kids what they wanted to do?

There are over 100,000 app choices for an iphone…how many choices do your kids have to individualize their final product?

If given a choice, would students choose to come to your class?

Is everything that can be “taught” to another person relatively inconsequential and have little or no significant influence on behavior?

Loneliness and smiling are both contagious.

Do you get upset when kids act in their best interest?

Discipline when they are “good”-no one listens when there are “bad.”

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. – Abraham Lincoln

How much of each class is spent forcing the kids to do the exact same thing?

When kids are afraid they try to gain control of anything they can.

Can you make each kid feel special in their own way?

If we spent less time prodding kids to do things, and instead spent more time modeling, showing, and encouraging them to do things…they would do more things.

From @ddmeyer The biggest challenge for a year 1 teacher is classroom management. What is the biggest challenge in year 5, 10, 20, 30?

What are the questions you ask yourself at the beginning of planning each unit? at the end?

Does “I don’t care” really me “I really care but I just don’t know where to start?”

Should one kid be sacrificed, for the greater good of the class…

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