I always strive to be a reflective teacher. I want to look at my lessons and approaches to teaching and learning with an open mind. My hope is that I won't get "stuck in my ways" in the classroom and that I will always seek to improve my pedagogy. With the new Common Core State Standards pushing today's educators to strive for precise and purposeful teaching I sometimes find myself overwhelmed and wanting to fall back on something tried and true. It's fun and easy to teach what is already familiar. Conversely it is scary to try new approaches without your tool belt of tricks ready by your side. The 21st century approaches to teaching and educating in today's classroom can indeed be scary, but can also provide a fresh lens in which to view your impact on the learners in your classroom.
The verse this week reminds me that it's wise to take advice and seek constructive feedback from others in my profession. I hope to improve myself for the benefit of my students and can only do that by approaching feedback, and sometimes criticism, with a positive attitude and a thankful spirit. Download this week's verse, Proverbs 13:10, and avoid pride to be wise!