Future Educator In the Making: Mastering Learning in Order to Teach

During our discussion in class today about discovering an entrance point of networking through social networks and blogs that can benefit me as a future educator, I begin brainstorming and researching. I chose to utilize Twitter and I came across many educators that were tweeting about different topics within Education. The one tweet that I came across was from @Educationweek, with a link to a blog titled “The Problem with Lesson Plans” by Nancy Flanagan. I found this blog to be very interesting as well as the comments. Nancy gave a better insight on what to look forward to when it comes to preparing lesson plans, she even stated that they are not “one size fit all”. Creating effective lesson plans takes thought, creativity, time, effort and initiative. Another tip that I plan to take from the blog is that Nancy suggest collaborating with skilled colleagues who serve the same kids and share methods that worked for them with the students.

As an future Educator I feel that its important to make connections and to network with others while on the path to my career. I also know that even while already in the midst of it I can never have too much knowledge and I feel that in any field whether Teaching or Accounting, people can always perfect and enhance on any skill. One of the things that always intrigued me since I’ve decided to become a teacher is, “How do teachers know what to teach on a daily basis?” For instance, “Do they read from a mastery handbook of lesson plans?” I never knew that they was required to prepare lesson plans from week to week or even day to day to guide them and help them deliver the material to the students in a way they feel is most efficient and effective. I discovered this once a few of my peers, whom are teachers,  told me they spent their lunch breaks or Sunday evenings preparing for the week ahead. Nancy in her blog clarified that teachers can not standardize lesson plans just as they are doing with everything else pertaining to school. Reading this blog it was refreshing because the comments were just as enlightening and gave me a heads up as what to look forward to once in my own school and classroom.

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8 thoughts on “Future Educator In the Making: Mastering Learning in Order to Teach

  1. Hey Eirby,

    I read the article by Nancy Flanagan and it was really moving. I think that teachers can always improve especially in teaching because thre are so many different ways of teaching. Flexibility and an open mind iis always best, because your right teaching or lesson plans should not be a “one size fits all” kind of thing. It should be able to connect with different bodies of students with varied learning styles.

    -Rey Awesome

  2. this was very insightful i think it is very beneficial that we use social media sites or blogging to interact with our peers professionally. For a teacher it is affective to work with other teachers to see what works well and is most beneficial for the students. Social blogging creates the time to recieve feedback with other colleagues and peers without having to go out of your way to make arrangement to meet up and is very convenient.

  3. I like the article by Nancy Flanagan a lot. Lesson planning is not easy at all. It’s not just about putting a whole bunch of ideas together, writing them down, then walking into the classroom and thinking it’s going to work. It takes creativity and patience and learning about your students in order to create good lesson plans. It is also one of those things that will need some tweaking a lot of times, because of course things doesn’t always go as planned. It most definitely helps to be able to socialize with other educators to get some insight and how to go about lesson planning. Most importantly however, is that each individual will find their own teaching style sooner or later and what works best for him/her and their students=)

  4. There is a definite need for collaboration among teachers; and while this week we focused on creating an online community, this post was a good reminder that a strong network in the school where you work is important as well. There are so many ideas, and ways to teach the same lesson, so finding out what works for especially well for a topic is always beneficial to any teacher.

  5. I agree entirely with this post. Nancy Flanagan is right when she says that education seems to prefer a “one size fits all” motto. The only way that model can work is if every student learned the same, thought the same, and behaved the same–we’re not robots (yet lol). Therefore, teachers must be able to adapt accordingly.

  6. “The Problem with lesson plans” I haven’t finished reading your post, but the first thing that came to mind was a video that I watched. Subject: great teachers, and one of their three points were great teachers are not afraid of modifying their lesson plans if they do not work while instructing. Which to me means that they would create alternative activity in that exact moment or possibly the night before.

    Reading on, I find it interesting because I concur with Nancy Flanagan idea “good teachers could step into a class, all their knowledge and skills percolating, and proceed to do the right things, without having to rely on notes. Good teaching as natural artistry.” Teaching is an important position is society, we are tailoring education and therefore we have to tailor our lesson plans because its not “one size fit all”.

    Now that I have finished reading, I sure hope I can reach out to colleagues just like this “veteran teacher” has in her early years of teaching. Most of the time, first time teachers are left to flourish on their own, but how could we if we are left stranded. Suggestions like this one are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  7. hey this is good stuff, i myself learned a lot from this blog, i really did enjoy it, because this is a topic im always thinking abpout and always asking teachers about how they handle it. I agree and am taught as a future educator never to walk into a classroom and think you can wing it. I was also told that students know when you are wwinging it and therefore will not feel the need to be intrested in what your teaching, i know the blog was talking about veteran teacher winging it but this applies to them as well, as an educator you can never get complacencet with where you are. you always have to keep learning new things and experimenting new method. I loved when the blog mention that there is no lesson plan that fits all, this is one of the many things that took form this blog amongst other things. Another thing that i agree with is when the blog states “Teachers want a steady supply of good ideas for teaching, but they also want the responsibility of choosing the best strategies for their own classrooms.” Great stuff, thanks for sharing

  8. As you can see from my organic approach to curriculum, taught through a blog I’m building with you all, building the assignments as we go, instructors take many different approaches to lesson plans.

    I feel like so much of my approach has evolved from my interactions with people I’ve met online. Grant Potter’s video about maker culture is something I never would have discovered a year ago if it wasn’t for the connections I’ve built in the past year.

    The one thing I’d encourage you to continue to find is whether you can follow conversation through Nancy Flannagan. Is she on Twitter? Does she share conversation points? It’s a good article, but it’s on a major publisher’s site so it’s more reporting than blogging. Hopefully there is a bread crumb trailer to conversation you might find through her.

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