1. Erica Lea

    Loved reading your list and thoughts. I think number three could drive some really wonderful conversations between a teacher and an instructional coach.

    • Grace Blank

      Right now, I am a mater student at the University of Michigan studying to become a high school teacher. Reading your list of the five ways to be an innovative teacher made me realize how I am already implementing these ideas into the classroom I am interning at. The second reason, What is best for students?, really struck a cord with me. Although I have been a successful student throughout my life, it wasn’t until my senior year in high school that I realized the best way I studied (flash cards), but I wondered why I didn’t know that before. I have asked my mentor teacher if we could do “studying” days in the classroom this year. These days would allow students to reflect on how they studying and if they think there is a better way for them. As a future educator, I cannot assume what my students know, and that does include studying.

      The fifth point, How did this work for our students?, also made me get excited while reading! Many of my teaching classes have introduced the idea of asking students for feedback, which I think is crucial for a teacher. We might think the lesson went well, but we were not the one listening to the lecture. Student feedback is so important for future years because it is our audience that matters. Of course, we need a good relationship with our classroom before these questions can be asked, but a good relationship is necessary before any of these questions are answered honestly.

      Thanks for such an inspiring post! I really enjoyed reading!

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