Today's prompt for the TeachThought blog challenge is 'What is unique about teaching style?'
Honestly for me this is a hard one. I am not sure I would consider myself unique or that I do anything special.
However I will share with you certain qualities that I have that I think are important for all educators.
By no means is this a list of all my qualities ( LOL) and by no means are these the only qualities
- A Lifelong Learner
- Having a growth mindset
- Willing to embrace and accept change
- A people person
- Someone who smiles
- Being a team player and willing to collaborate
- Kind and cares about others
There are other qualities that I have that are honestly both positive and can be negative as well
- Seeing the big picture - Taking the "balcony view" . While this is important at times some of the little details get over looked and people sometimes need you to focus on the details.
- Wearing my emotions on my sleeve- I tend to be very passionate and sometimes emotional about things I care about. While a great quality at times you need to be more reserve and keep things a bit closer to the chest. I probably wouldn't make a very good poker player.
However as my friend Angela Maiers "YOU MATTER" and she is so right we all matter. We have unique qualities both positive and some we need to work on and that is what makes us unique.
We need to remember that about our students as well. "ONE SIZE DOESN'T FIT ALL". Each student brings his or her unique qualities to the classroom and each adds a certain dimension to the class. As I have often told my own students you can't have a team of all "insert your favorite sports star"
So in reality we are ALL UNIQUE and THAT'S A GOOD THING!