February 21, 2017

Opportunity VS Obligation

Teachers can change their mindsets by thinking about creating engaging opportunities for their students rather than by our obligations as teachers. Find some easy ways to bring

   Every day we come to school we have the incredible privilege of impacting our students' lives. We can inspire them to overcome challenges they previously thought impossible. We can cheer them up from a difficult morning at home. We can help them reach their fullest potential. And we can create an environment that makes them LOVE coming to school!  

   We all know that there are plenty of things we are obligated to to as teachers... parent communication, staff meetings, grading papers, and so on. The reality of standards-based assessments also exists, but it does not have to define our teaching. 

Teachers can change their mindsets by thinking about creating engaging opportunities for their students rather than by our obligations as teachers. Find some easy ways to bring the FUN back into learning!

   Changing my mindset to focus on making the most engaging opportunities for my students rather than being dragged down by my obligations has re-sparked my love for teaching! Each day I strive to create fun and interesting learning activities for my students. Opportunities to expand their thinking and help them grow as readers. And most importantly, opportunities to allow my students to feel success every day. 




   Some of the ways I've created these opportunities is by bringing back the FUN. It makes it more enjoyable for me and the students!


Teachers can change their mindsets by thinking about creating engaging opportunities for their students rather than by our obligations as teachers. Find some easy ways to bring the FUN back into learning!

  I've made an effort to incorporate more hands-on learning and more technology to provide opportunities to engage students. These opportunities may also be creating special moments for students such as getting to read by the "fireplace" while listening to Christmas music. I strive every day to find these opportunities for students rather than only focusing on my obligations.

   Not only do I feel the positive impact of my new mindset, the students feel it also. They actually look forward to coming to our remediation group, when before it felt like an obligation to them. In fact, other students see the activities we do and want to be a part of our group! But the most rewarding change has been the tremendous increase in students' motivation and their confidence in themselves as readers! Now my only "obligation" is to keep creating more of these opportunities to further inspire my students.

What opportunities can create for your students? I'd love to hear your ideas!

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