Reading the following post sent shivers down my spine. It is from a current, but still relatively new math teacher, Shawn,who’s self-description is that of a passionate, caring teacher; while I like what I read about him and his ideals, I panicked a bit since the text below struck so close to home.
I began thinking about how I would do it [teaching] differently. How I would reach my students with compassion and ground-breaking pedagogy. How I would empathize, lift-up, and otherwise be as genuine as possible with young people.
Two years and a Master’s degree later, I got my own classroom. I tried compassion, and was met with indifference by students. I tried ground-breaking pedagogy and was met with a lukewarm reception. I tried to empathize, lift-up, and being genuine, only to be really really tired on Friday.
from a posting on Standards-Based Grading on the blog site ThinkThankThunk:…
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