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This release includes notes on a new chapter about helping teachers improve their practice over time. I found the draft of this easy to write, since I had a lot of thoughts on my mind about this, especially from my experiences working with and coaching bootcamp teachers in New York. So a lot of those new notes are essentially a combination of how I was coached, how I approached the job, and what over time I’ve found to be most valuable.
Although it was fast to write, I paused on working on this project and also posting this part of what’s on my mind for the past couple of weeks. I’ve had some conversations at work recently that really made me wonder about whether this whole project is worthwhile. While the content is important to me, I certainly don’t want to be in a didactic or authoritative position trying to tell other teachers what they should do. After all, I try to avoid this approach in my own classroom, and want to help others do the same. On the other hand, I do think that what I have to offer here is valuable, in the sense that I’m trying to create something that I personally wish I had when I was starting to teach.
In the end, I’m going to continue working on the content here, and posting updates, but I’m also starting to plan a research project to go along with this work. I won’t say more about what I have in mind now, except to say that I want to investigate more about what kind of challenges other teachers in similar settings face, what kind of approaches they take to address them, etc.
For now, I’ll keep adding notes and fleshing out ideas in this early stage of this book/course/whatever thing.
Smaller set of changes this time, hoping I can get down the workflow of doing these kind of releases as I go.
New chapter outlines
- How to support learners at different levels
- How to plan a successful activity
- Started keeping release notes
- Started keeping feedback notes from colleagues
So far, this is a combination of initial thoughts, outlines, and rough notes for about half of what I'm planning to cover. I realized along the way that I have a more developed sense of checking for understanding in class than I originally thought. I feel like this is gonna be an interesting ride.
In this version, you'll find an outline + notes for the following chapters:
- How to plan a module/unit
- How to plan a successful lesson
- How to leave at 6 every day with peace of mind
- How to tell whether they learned what they’re supposed to
- How to not get bored
- How to figure out what they really need to learn
- How to prepare before class starts