Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Ben Owens is a high school science and math teacher. Here are the highlights of his advice to new teachers. Needless to say, the advice applies to new and experienced law professors as well.
- Avoid, like the plague, teaching in isolation. Build a vibrant network of peers and then use it to share ideas, give and receive constructive criticism, and learn new ways to improve your teaching.
- Know what you are teaching, as well as your limits.
- Teach more than just the curriculum. Leverage your knowledge to teach the skills that students will need and be expected to use for the rest of their lives – even if they are not formally included in your curriculum.
- Know your students. It has been said that the three most important things to truly reach students are relationships, relationships, and relationships.
- Know & use teaching best practices. We know what works and what doesn’t. Student-centered classrooms, enabling technologies, inquiry-based instruction, problem and project-based learning are all examples of proven instructional methods that work.
- Be a visible leader for your students in and outside your school.
- Focus on continuous improvement.
- Be a role model to your peers – even as a new teacher.
- Find the balance.
- Lastly, share your story. Find that one thing that you love the most or that is working and share it. You can read more here.