Be a Better Teacher by Doing Less
About this time every year I open a file on my Chromebook called “Goals.” It’s a living document that changes every May. I decide which of the current year’s goals I want to keep, what to scrap, which ones to tweak, and I add new goals for the upcoming year. The last few years, many of my goals have centered around me doing less work. That’s not normally something people admit, but in the case of teachers, doing less can make you more effective.
Like most new teachers, I read Harry Wong’s The First Days of Schoolwhen I was starting out (I’ve also read it every August since). My favorite quote from the book is:
It took me years to internalize the truth of this. For most of my career, I have been the dominant presence in my classroom. My need to feel in control, my mistaken belief that my doing more would lead to greater Be a Better Teacher by Doing Less - Teacher Habits: