Friday, August 2, 2013

Letters to a Young Lutheran Teacher

Welcome to a new feature here at The Clem: The Blog: The Truth.  After 28 years of teaching high school English, I thought I'd share some thoughts that will hopefully help Lutheran teachers who are are just beginning this noble vocation.

I certainly don't have everything figured out.  When that day arrives, I'll retire.  I'm still reading books, essays, blogs and tweets to help me become more effective.  I'm still seeking out colleagues for advice on assessments and classroom management. I'm still attending conferences that will help my students spend more time on the right side of Bloom's taxonomy. I would never go to a doctor who quit learning about medical advancements.  If I make an appointment to see my doctor because of a persistent cough and he pulls out his all-purpose bucket o' leaches, I'm in trouble.  
I'm also leaving. 

Quickly.

The same can be said for teachers.  We need to keep learning, reflecting, evaluating, tweaking and applying.  It doesn't mean we must change.  However, we need to continually assess methods, content and instruction to make sure our students are learning.  That's the idea for this new feature, Letters to a Young Lutheran Teacher.  By young, I simply mean new. The title is an adaptation from a Dinesh D'souza book.

If you have any topic suggestions or questions, include them in the comment section at the bottom of the post.  An archived list of letters will be in the upper right corner of The Clem: The Blog: The Truth.

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