Stories & Announcements
To have positive and lasting results, professional learning must feel supportive and uplifting to teachers.
Engaging with students from a place of curiosity, a genuine desire to deepen your own knowledge and understanding of that student, conveys respect and humility.
Using basic observation and listening skills, this activity can serve as a catalyst for building community in the classroom and deepening understanding of how each of your students thinks.
Curiosity is a sign of respect – especially when the stakes are high.
As teachers, embracing an improvisational mindset can help us think creatively about problems, and building this kind of thinking in our students can do the same for them. This activity is a good place to start.
The way we start a question, the context, and the tone with which we ask it all matter.
This activity invites students to step into the role of someone (or something!) else, imagine what they would say, and listen to what those around that person are saying too.
Looking at something small and then zooming out to contextualize it can bring all sorts of interesting discoveries.
Considering the size of our problems in the relation to a bigger context can help us understand the nature of the issue better, and sometimes even make the problem seem less huge.
With paint by numbers, a positive outcome is guaranteed. That’s not how the rest of life works.