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.