“The moral of the story: find a method that works best for you, and don’t waste time debating the merits of the options.”
This actually had me thinking about my blog, my teaching strategies that I suggest and my opinions on education. I have gotten a few emails that have criticized me for sharing things that I would recommend others to do. They feel that this wouldn’t work in their classroom and that I live in a fairy tale land. I am glad that they feel they can share their feelings with me and I’m thankful that my blog has created a conversation so please continue sending me emails.
If you are reading my blog, please remember that I am suggesting things that have been successful for me. I am sharing things that have worked in my classroom and that I would do again. These have worked best for me but I’m not saying that they are the only things that work. I am not saying that all of the things would work for you the same way they did for me.
But remember that these things might not work for you. You need to take in account your own personality as well as the personalities and abilities of your students. Maybe your administration would not be supportive with this activity.
Sometimes what I suggest would not work in the situation that you are in but maybe you could adapt it so it could work. If you think that what I am saying would not work for you, maybe you could think of how you could change it so it could work. Maybe my ideas could be a foundation for you to start with.
I hope you find teaching strategies and methods that work for you. Don’t be afraid to try new things. But don’t waste time debating over whether one is better than another until you have tried it or you will waste time and energy instead of providing instruction. You never know, maybe the one you thought wouldn’t work actually turns out to be successful!
Original image: 'Eliot and the Year 6 students' http://www.flickr.com/photos/30265340@N00/300115429 by: Brian Yap (葉)