Friday, November 06, 2015

Teaching Tip #43

Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #43

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 #9 - stay in your lane.

Play to your strengths.  But I think this has another dimension: don’t use your platform as a soapbox.  In other words, don’t have a hidden agenda.

I used to do this, though.  I’d spout off about my liberal doctrine in class.

I don’t do that anymore.  My job is to get kids to think, not tell them what to think.

So everything I teach reinforces my lane - which is I’m all about my students learning about themselves (what are their strengths and what are their passions) and then trying to tailor the curriculum to fit that.

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