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We know the feeling: you’ve gone to an education event or a really powerful PD session and thought to yourself, “I am definitely going to try some of those strategies when I get back to the classroom!” But when you get up in front of your students, it can feel a little intimidating to take risks, even if you think the outcome will be worth it.
The good news is that taking risks in the classroom doesn’t have to be as daunting as it seems. Here are three good ways to get started.
I was recently working with a teacher who agreed to add one new thing to her lesson -- she put student work up on the document camera and let the students explain their thinking to the class. In turn, other students analyzed the work and thought about whether or not they could revise their own work based on what they saw. The teacher told me that she never would have done that before, but she loved it!
The important thing is to find strategies that will work for you as a teacher, based on your personality and strengths. What works in one classroom may not work in another. Find classroom ideas that work specifically for you and your students, and give them a try. Then reflect to see how they went and how you can make them better next time. The sky's the limit!
Katie Ruff taught high school math in two different school districts for seven years before joining Carnegie Learning. Originally from Louisville, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Math Education from the University of Kentucky, a Master’s degree from Morehead State University and an Ed.S in Administration from Bellarmine University. As a Manager of School Partnerships, she works with teachers and coaches day in and day out to transform learning in the math classroom. Learn more about Katie here.Explore more related to this author