Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #38
Another book that really impacted my teaching last year was Carmine Gallo’s Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the Worlds’ Top Minds.
Tip #4 - Teach something new
So, show your mastery of the subject. Frame it as a story. Then have a conversation. Then . . . make sure you teach your students something new. Find a way to enlarge their world view or shock them into questioning something they take for granted.
In the example from tip #2 about “Young Goodman Brown,” I hope to teach them something new by exposing them to what it costs to do the right thing, as Brown does in the story. I also hope to make them aware of how our culture serves to tempts us all along our ways in the woods. The hard part is not giving in. The hard part is making a stand and doing the right thing, even when no one else is looking or no one else is doing it. Even if it means impacting us in a negative way.
That is the cost of doing the right thing.