attheminute teaching pillars
I’ve said that it’s my mission to enable teachers to be purposeful, in control, inspired and know they’ve done enough, but what do I mean by that? Here’s an overview of these four pillars along with examples of each in practice:
This pillar is the driving force behind our actions. It’s about having intent. It means having an end goal and taking deliberate actions to reach that. This is important for a couple of reasons:
It is our job as teachers to educate our students so that they develop the knowledge, skills and competencies to do things they couldn’t previously do by themselves.
Having a strong purpose is crucial for getting us through hard times because it gives us drive beyond just meeting our personal needs; a drive to do something bigger than ourselves.
From a practical sense, being purposeful comes from having subject and curriculum knowledge and a practical understanding of the best pedagogical practices. It also comes from acknowledging what motivates each of us as individuals personally and professionally and leveraging that to keep us in pursuit of excellence (doing the best we can).
Actions we can take:
Familiarise ourselves with the curriculum we are teaching and supporting materials that we have access to
Observe, discuss and implement good pedagogical practices
Maintain high, achievable expectations for our students and their learning
Reconnect with our values and motivations for becoming teachers in the first place
Set personal goals and steps that we can take to work towards them
As humans we perform better when we are trying to achieve something that goes beyond our individual needs and desires. [Kubi Springer]