Saturday, June 18, 2011

Quick teaching reflection

I'm deep in the midst of midterm-marking, but I noticed something that I do in my self-talk about my teaching abilities:

When I have a good day with the students, I think "Hey, today went well!" but when it's a bad day I think "I'm terrible at teaching and my students are probably disappointed that they decided to take this class from me!"

When a student does well on a midterm I think, "What a clever student! He/she really gets it!" but when a student gets a low mark I think, "I did a terrible job of teaching this! Was I really unclear that day?"

Huh.  Apparently I treat the good things as nice little aberrations, or things outside of my control, and I treat the bad things as being The Norm, and There's Something Wrong With Me. 


Teacher Lady said...
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Teacher Lady said...

Edited as to not to appear to be a moron
From my years of teaching I have learned:
- some students will do well no matter what you do
- some students will do poorly no matter what you do
- average students are your best measure for how well you are doing