And How You Can Avoid Being a Great Educator..
January 15, 2012 2 Comments
In response to my ‘How can we be the best teachers we can be?’ post I have just discovered this article on the Simple K12 website. This article offers brilliant advice on how to avoid becoming a great educator. Here is the article in full:
”1) Keep Your Head Low
Strive for mediocrity. Avoid becoming an expert on something…anything! If you become great at something, it’s only a matter of time before someone finds out, or it has a positive impact on your students.
2) Ignore Your Students as Much as Possible
Immediately shut out any curiosity you have about your students. Don’t get to know them, and don’t figure out what motivates them and makes them want to learn.
3) Don’t Try Anything New
When you come across an interesting lesson plan idea or concept, or think of something creative on your own, forget about it as quickly as possible.
4) Never Ask for Help (Especially from Your Students!)
Take this attitude – if you don’t know how to do something on your own, then it’s not worth doing. Period.
5) Keep Your Tips to Yourself
Never share the successful lesson plans, activities, and resources that you have. You can’t afford for anyone else to find out about them or for you to gain recognition for your work.
6) Teach How You Were Taught
Nevermind that you are 10, 20, or 30+ years older than your students, if a method was good enough when you were in school, it’s good enough for today’s kids! Higher education, the workforce, and the world as we know it hasn’t changed much…right?
7) Don’t Look at What Your Peers are Doing
Keep your eyes on your own paper! Learning about what your peers are finding successful might lead to tips #3 and #5 – trying new things and sharing your successes, and that’s just a few steps away from becoming a great educator”.
I really don’t think I need to say anymore…………
Oh, except SHARING IS CARING!!!