How many times have I finished a lesson and said to myself, "Well, that didn't go so well." It happens to the best of us, whether we've been teaching for 19 years or 1. In my opinion, numerous variables can play a part in the demise of a lesson, but I believe Debbie Diller makes a good point here. If I spend my time during a lesson fighting off-task behavior and dealing with several interruptions, I have a responsibility to reflectively ask myself these three questions:
- Was the task too hard?
- Did I explain and model the task well enough so that the students understood what to do?
- Did I make the purpose of the task clear?
I've got a pair of lovely guests today. Sara and Christy would love for you to pay them a visit this morning. I'll be on my way soon, because I know what they have prepared for us is definitely worth reading. I'm thoroughly looking forward to their Saturday Sayings. How about you?