Dr. Doris Lee, founding Principal of Village Academy in Far Rockaway, Queens, NY, shares insight on how she introduced such an impactful school culture.
Nothing stops teachers from playing on their own experiences in the classroom. In fact, that is one medium through which they will find the little difference there is between urban students and themselves. Notwithstanding the educator’s background, a situation from their life needs to be found, one that speaks to both the students and the class content.
Transformational teaching is based on the idea that a teacher’s purpose is far more than just delivering information to students. By moving from a mechanical to an organic model of teaching, educators can create lessons designed specifically for the students they’re teaching. This new school personalization leads to increased engagement and, of course, motivation.
In a recent article by MindShift, a teacher in Finland talks about his experience incorporating brain breaks into the classroom and how it helped him reconnect and better engage his students. But, while he originally felt that he’d made a groundbreaking discovery, he suddenly realized that Finnish people knew long before him that giving children frequent breaks throughout the day kept them fresh.
As a teacher, you need to learn how to read your audience. Just because you have created plans for your individual lessons doesn’t mean you can’t veer away from them if you think they’re not working. You may also find that your lesson goes off on a relevant tangent because your students are highly engaged with the topic.
The majority of adults have learned coping mechanisms for their emotions. These come in the form of taking a deep breath or going for a walk. Children, on the other hand, don’t have this form of emotional regulation. Couple this with the fact that, as teachers, we don’t know what challenges they face at home means that they’re more likely to lash out or react in a disruptive way.