I hope all the talk turns out to be much less than predicted for all of you. It is difficult to be serious about any other topic when so much seems to be happening in the east. We are hearing about it constantly here in the west too, and keeping you all in our prayers and thoughts.
|What did the teacher say to help this student know what to do?|
I am working with three interns this year who are working for an Alternative Licensing program that is at another independent school nearby. They are teacher assistants at our school, work with the teachers in the classrooms as their mentors, and I advise all six. I have done this in the past and loved it. It helps keep my teaching growing too. It is wonderful to see young people learning about teaching and they work very hard, doing their jobs here at our school and completing other expectations for the program. One of the threads that continues to need support through all the interns with whom I've worked is what I call self-talk. I'm interested in knowing if you remember when you learned it was needed before teaching a lesson, or when you remember starting?
When the intern and I talk through a lesson (after teaching), this is one thing that I advise, the self-talk, or internal rehearsal before teaching.
|Did the teacher mentally practice first?|
I mentally review the words I want to be sure I say, sometimes even writing notes to myself, but mostly I think about it. I think on the way to school, I think the minutes before a lesson, I think when I'm planning content. How will I present this particular concept, book, assignment, etc.?
One of the aspects of this is to know where I want to go with students, then back up to be sure I know the path I will use to get there. And another might also be words to use that imply more choice, support for students when asking them to take on bigger challenges. I imagine what those words will be, or imagine what students will ask during the lesson and the words I could use.
And I want to emphasize that I know that the Choice Words by Peter H. Johnston are important, but I am asking about the mental rehearsal that happens. Do you do it? How do you ensure that how you do it helps improve your teaching?