Almost everyone has a memory of that one teacher that sparked something in them: an interest in math, a love of music, a create piece of poetry. How do these teachers get there? Practice and awareness. Edutopia has a great article on becoming a transformational teacher.
While many of the suggestions are well known advice, we would add one new idea.
Keep a teaching journal.
- A journal doesn’t have to be a long-winded treatise about your day, or a deep work of art, a teaching journal can be as simple as a word document where you jot down ideas you had in class, or frustrations you had with a particular lesson. Using a teaching journal can help you identify patterns and ideas that reoccur over the course of your classes and can help you identify areas of growth and change.