Today's blog post has us really thinking about this word:
Many times we go through our day teaching/working without thinking of the special touches that we make on the day and the things that are distinctive about ourselves. It may be our laugh, it may be our clarity in difficult situations, our ability to juggle multiple tasks at the same time or our kindness and warmth to each and every student. What do you consider unique about your teaching?
My adventurous spirit impels me to take risks in the classroom. And for that I believe that my students are pretty engaged (or at the very least provided with multiple opportunities for engagement!). This could be a new approach, a new website I found, a new piece of technology or an idea I just came up with at 5 in the morning. I will try anything once, and I think this keeps my teaching fresh. Because I believe that if I am bored in my own classroom, then surely the students must be bored, so let's change things up a little! After 25 years of teaching, I am proud to say that I do not have old approaches, teaching styles or ideas!
You know how Carl Fredricksen never lost his adventurous spirit in the movie Up ? That's how I will be as well when I reach 78!
What individual gifts do you have that you bring to your teaching, your students, your colleagues and the world?