Over on Edutopia this week, Tomlinson shared a post, Mastering the Teaching Game. It's a good one for this time of year as we "gear up" and "psych up" for a new year with new challenges and all the potential that new learning can offer.
I spent some time in the past few days setting up my room. There is a lovely, inviting reading area and the charts and books are ready to go. While it may not be Pinterest worthy, I think it looks inviting and enticing.....and I was proud of how it looks.....and thinking I was all set.....until I read this article and was reminded that we also need to prepare our HEADS and our HEARTS to teach......and to learn.......it's not just about pretty spaces and images.....
This article, which you really should read, is based on a successful tennis coach, Coach Groeneveld, because as we all know, what teachers REALLY DO is to COACH learning!
"All human beings can achieve far more than they believe they can."
"Success comes from the desire to work hard to achieve a goal."
"It's not enough to only teach skills."
"Make sure the player [student]takes responsibility for his or her decisions."
"Being a good coach [teacher]means dissecting the player's [student's] game"
"When there is resistance from a player [student], don't take no for an answer."
"There's no single way to coach [teach]players [students]."