Thursday, September 22, 2016

Advice to new teachers

I am a wise old veteran of two years, and as such I feel qualified to give advice.

Here is my advice.

Find your own voice as a teacher, don't try too hard to emulate the teachers around you.  Find what works for you, and get good at that.

Observe good teachers, see what they are doing, feel free to borrow their techniques as needed, but recognize that not every technique works for everyone and that not all techniques are needed for each class.

Don't beat yourself up if things don't go well, but recognize that this is a sign that things in your classroom need to change.  That change starts with you.

Don't give up on a technique or practice too early, some of them take a bit to learn well and for students to get used to.

Your supervisors don't expect you to be a brilliant teacher right away but they do expect you to be receptive to criticism and to be willing to work at becoming a brilliant teacher.

Lastly, "Know your students"---quoted from the teacher at my alternate route course whose named I totally can't remember, but maybe it will come to me.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Using Agile Mind on a Phone

Agile mind is not supported on smart phone but I have gotten it to work reasonably well.  It is still kind of buggy.

The trick is to use the Chrome mobile web browser, and then click on the settings options in the upper right corner (the three vertical dots) and click request desktop site.

This isn't perfect but for students without a computer, it is better than nothing.