Today we are diving into three ways that teachers can mess up really good instruction. 

  1. Mistaking routine for being boring. Kids will learn and master skills when they are practiced over and over again. Don’t mistake routine for boring teaching!
  1. Teachers have really good lessons, and then junk it up with things that don’t have academic value. Make sure that everything you’re doing in class has academic value. Don’t fluff it up! It’s not necessary.
  1. Lastly, teachers don’t ever release the practice over to kids. Teaching becomes a “Sage on the Stage” situation where the teacher does all the work and kids never get to practice. We’ve got to fix that! 

Often we don’t even notice when we are getting in our own way. Hopefully, by looking at our instruction we can keep these in the forefront of our mind the next time we are with students.

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