Don’t Miss Today

Teachers are planners, in case you didn't know. We like to plan units weeks ahead of time, plan for technology or behavior issues, and even plan for what our ideal classroom will look like in the future.

Sometimes, we plan so much, that we tend to only see the ideal, which can lead to discouragement and disenfranchisement in teaching.

Personally, I think about re-purposing my classroom. I don't like tables and chairs. I like couches. I like standing desks. I like varied floor space. Every learner is different, so to teach to different needs, we should have different spaces for learning.

Sometimes I get caught up in the future of teaching and I miss the needs of learners now. Always be reflective and always be working to form a better system. But, be careful not to dream at the expense of your students today.

2 thoughts on “Don’t Miss Today

  1. Well said. It’s easy to get lost in possibility, while failing to tend to immediacy. Yet, when I think of my most powerful learning experiences, they were when a teacher took the time to see me right then and there.

  2. I love how you said this. I am currently studying at the University of South Alabama to be a math teacher, and I am so excited for the future of teaching and to just get started! I really do want to work towards forming better systems; I want to teach math in a way that students will enjoy it and actually think that it can be fun. I love your last sentence about being careful to still see what your students need today. I hope to never get to far ahead of myself to where I neglect the needs of my students. EDM310 is a course I am currently taking right now, and I will be summarizing my visits to your blog on a post to my blog on February 12th for this course. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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