Have you ever noticed how you sometimes you have to take sides as an educator?
Clip charts are bad.
PBL is the only way to teach.
Homework is the devil.
Stay out of your office, principals!
If every lesson doesn’t include 21st-century learning, you’re not an effective planner.
Technology is a shiny distractor, stick to the basics.
Engagement matters, bring on the iPad!
You’re not connected? Why in the world not?
I could actually argue for or against either one of those, depending on the teacher or the student. (Except the connected educator one, I actually do believe that one!!) Educators, please don’t feel like you have to be “all in” on anything except what’s best for your students. If Sally needs math practice, by all means, send some home. Johnny need a visual reminded of classroom expectations? Make it as glittery as he can stand. Your campus improvement plan due tomorrow and has to match federal and state safety guards? SHUT YOUR DOOR AND GET IT DONE!
Here’s the thing. Pretty much ALL the things we do aren’t what is most appropriate for ALL of our students. When I make decisions, I have to make decisions for 640 students…what’s in the best interest of all of them. That being said I am willing to compromise when it’s necessary. For my staff, my students, my families…very few things are perfect for all of them, at the same time.
There are very few things that are absolutes, friends. Don’t feel like you have to choose a side…unless it’s the side that makes your students most successful.