Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Teaching with Intention! {Chapter Two}


I’m going to start off by warning you that this is a longer post but it is one of the most CRITICAL parts of the book.  I know right, this is only chapter two and we’re getting deep here!  Before reading on, take a second to jot down a few of your beliefs in education.  I'll wait... :)

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In this chapter, Debbie discusses her beliefs in education.  What I love about this chapter is that it required me to first think about my own beliefs.  And, do you know what?  That’s really hard to put into words!!!  Hopefully you were able to scribble down a few things!  Although this is trick to put into words, it was incredibly helpful to the process of developing my classroom.  It was important because it required me to ensure that my classroom practices were aligned to my beliefs.  Please, oh please, don’t stop reading because I used the “a-word”.  I know we all hate the word aligned.  We use it all day, every day….aligning to Common Core, aligning to state standards, aligned to IEP goals, align, align, align!  I know, I hate it too. 

But seriously, by aligning your beliefs and practices, you must begin to look at every single practice that you do during the school day.  Then, ask yourself if it aligns with the beliefs that YOU have in education.  Oh yeah, you read that right, YOU!  Not what your administrator says you have to believe, not what politicians say is best practice, but YOU!!!! 

Are the practices you have in place supportive of your educational beliefs?  It sounds like a super simple thing, right?  Why would you be doing things that aren’t supportive of your beliefs? But we really do.  There are things that we repeatedly do just because it saves times or has always been completed that way, but is there a better or different way that would better support your beliefs?


As you begin to go through your daily practices, Debbie suggests that you ask yourself:
Where’s the evidence of the belief in the classroom?
What kinds of things should I be seeing, hearing, doing to support this belief?
Where does this practice fit into what I say I value?
What studies support this practice?

Are ya ready for the tricky part?  What do you do if your beliefs and practices don’t match?  Well, if they don’t match, you have an extremely difficult decision to make.  Do you change your practice, which could require time or money to create or develop a new practice? Or do you change your belief due to some reflection, research, or data that supports something other than your belief?  No one said it would be easy, but is it worth it?  I think so!

1 comment:

  1. I love this! Thank you for the awesome graphic about what we should be doing with our beliefs as well! I can't wait to use this to share with my staff so that way we can make sure that we are all doing what we believe in!

    Mrs. 3rd Grade 

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