Most educators are eager to embrace best teaching strategies. However, with all the noise in the field of education today, it isn’t always easy to figure out which teaching strategies are best. Luckily, Rebecca Alber has done just that in her recent article for Edutopia. Alber reminds us to keep our focus on purpose and intention. We weren’t surprised to find rapid classroom feedback (a form of formative assessment) highlighted as an effective way to assess student progress and provide meaningful feedback.
I remember how, as a new teacher, I would attend a professional development and feel inundated with new teaching strategies. (I wanted to get back to the classroom and try them all!) After the magic of that day wore off, I reflected on the many teaching strategies and would often think, “Lots of great stuff, but I’m not sure it’s worth the time it would take to implement it all.”
We teachers are always looking to innovate, so, yes, it’s essential that we try new things to add to our pedagogical bag of tricks. But it’s important to focus on purpose and intentionality — and not on quantity. So what really matters more than “always trying something new” is the reason behind why we do what we do.Article continued…
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