A friend of mine, a teacher I have great respect for, took a week long workshop. Some of it went well and some of it, well, not so well. And they wrote about it. These two posts are chock full of useful observations and insights on what it is like to be a student and why even good students can struggle. Ten object lessons and a couple of thought questions make this a case study I think many people can learn from.
- Lost in syntax part 1 (or: OMG I'm going to cry in front of all these people)
- Lost in syntax part 2 (or: OMG I'm going to cry in front of all these people)
One thing that isn’t explicitly spelled out it that students can learn a lot from each other. Letting students help each other can be a great thing for everyone involved. Honestly it is one of the reasons my classes tended to be a little louder than many others in the building. I have to say that I have learned a ton from my peers in courses and workshops my whole life as well.
So anyway, if you are a teacher go read those posts. I’d be amazed if you didn’t learn something about teaching. I sure learned a bunch.