Today as my student teacher and I sat down to plan I found myself-
- talking in a way that would lead her to MY IDEA!
Oops, how many times have I coached her to avoid playing "guess my answer" in teaching?
- stopping her thoughts, asking questions before allowing her to discover or redirect her thinking.
Oops, how many times have I coached her to let the kids talk it through, let them discover as they talk, it's their answer to find, not ours to give?
-setting her goal for the week!
OPPS! I really did this, I TOLD HER WHAT SHE WAS WORKING ON PROFESSIONALLY FOR THE WEEK! Who owns the learning now, who will remember the goal, not my student teacher!
This is one of the many reasons I enjoy working with others, all the learning I discover along the way! I am not sure what makes best practice slip away from me when working with adults, but I do know if I want my I student teacher to own the learning she has to do the work, not me.
So this week I will step back, I will watch, I will listen, I will plan my conferences and set my teaching targets with her as I would with my kiddos. This week we will learn side-by-side in our ways.