Take 20 seconds and just look…
What do you see in these clouds ?
How often do we do the same in the classroom?
Both, to really look, but also to “read into” what we see?
Do you see your students for who they are today… or are you perceiving them more through the memory of who they were the last class, or on the last exam?
Do you have favorites? Which ones and why?
When tossing out a question in class, I’ve noticed that I can fall into a pattern of leaning on certain students when no one else voices their opinion outright.
Do you too?
One of my favorite etymologies is “habit”, coming from Latin habere- “to hold”, hence “to occupy” (habitat)- but also moving into Old French as “habit“, and later “habille“, meaning “appearance” and finally in modern French, “clothes”. Just like clothes, we wear our habits everyday, and though it might not be easy, we do have the choice of what to wear each morning.
What habits might you want to change in your teaching?
And what habits have you developed that have been truly beneficial for you and your students?
A reflective post indeed, and I await your thoughts with a smile