Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Do the Opposite

by Shelly Blake-Plock

Sometimes innovation stems from just deciding NOT to do something.

Have your desks in rows? Change it up. Let your kids set up the room the way they want.

Find yourself lecturing too much? Don't lecture. Having trouble with the wi-fi? Take the kids out for a walk.

Tired of the paper crush? Stop giving assignments that require paper.

Pick something that's been bugging you about your teaching and do the opposite.

Maybe something new will come of the decision to change things up. Maybe not. Maybe it'll turn out to be a big mistake. Maybe not. The only thing for certain is that you won't innovate so long as you continue to do the same thing you always do.

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  1. I would add to this awesome reminder that sometimes it's worth it to explain to your students or model for them how you have changed your ways. Now you've got me thinking about what I'm doing the same and what I've changed up this year!

  2. I'm a TESOL graduate students and training teaching skills as well as reading a lot of theories. among them for students' motivation and interesting for learning, teachers role may be very important, especially change and do some innovation which i did not realize ! your post was very fresh to me and it helps me to be more flexible in any lesson.


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