No Two Ways About It

March 22, 2010 at 12:33 am (Classroom Observations)

There is not two ways about it: teaching is hard. Student teaching, I suspect, is especially hard.

My biggest hurdle right now is the struggle to make my instruction relevant and interesting. I guess that’s what most teachers struggle with. It’s just that I had a somewhat cavalier attitude about my ability to make my class exciting and engaging, even for those kids who had hated history. My expectations have crashed with the harsh realities and I find myself, sadly, amongst those teachers who find their grandiose dreams hamstrung by limited self-motivation amongst the students, resistance to change and hard work, complaining, and behavioral issues which limit my ability to assign group work or discussion.

I don’t mean to whine. Really, I don’t! Rather, I’m about mid-way through a reflection process. What I mean is, the problem(s) have been identified, and now I’m looking around for solutions. I know the solution is not a reversion to only direct instruction. At the same time, many of the innovative and student centered activities I’ve learned through my studies have failed when I’ve tried them in my specific classes.

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