This week’s article summary is Stop, Start, Continue, and it resonated for me as we reach the mid-point of school year.
If you’re like me, one of the benefits of education is the opportunities you get to take stock of how you teach.
The article below asks us to reflect on three questions:
- What should we stop doing?
- What should we start doing?
- What should we continue doing?”
In answering these three questions, the author to me hit on Trinity’s goal of empowering students in their learning.
When I think of all the teachers I had—be it in elementary, middle, upper, college, or grad school—the ones who meant the most to me were the ones who asked me to think and decide for myself. My best teachers guided rather than led me.
As we moved into a well-deserved hiatus, remember that when we return to school, we have a great opportunity to reset ourselves, our kids, and our classes. And those three questions might help us see what’s working and what needs to a little modification.
Enjoy the holidays with families and friends and thank you for a spectacular first half of the year!
When I worked at United World College, on many days when we concluded our activities and jobs, we met in a circle and asked ourselves: What should we stop doing? What should we start doing? What should we continue doing?
As simple as these sound, these questions provided a safe, predictable set of questions that became habits of mind, a way to pause and reflect before engaging in something else. Our aim was to get better at what we were doing.
We need to give students in every school, at every age, real agency and authentic opportunities to make a difference in this volatile, unpredictable, complex, and ambiguous world.
With this in mind, we cannot be satisfied only with students learning and developing deep conceptual understanding of multiple disciplines.
We need young people building an ever-expanding portfolio of skills and experiences of things that they have done, created, and contributed to -- things that matter to them and others.
I propose three things that teachers need to stop doing, three things to start doing, and three things to continue doing.