THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – 3 Nuggets of Wisdom for Dealing with End-of-Semester ‘Feedback’

Girl running in falling snow

It’s that time of year.
Joy! Peace! Goodwill! Laughter and cheer pervade even the gloomiest department. Smiles light the faces of students and teachers alike. No, it’s not the holiday spirit. It’s the transcendent relief that goes hand in hand with the end of the semester!

But in the midst of the merriment there is a slight current of unease…
What, you ask, could possibly sully this magical time?
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THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – Stuck in the middle (of the semester) with me

woman looking down the middle of a road

Down in the doldrums.
Ugh. Here we are. The middle of the semester. SIGH. The crazed enthusiasm of a new beginning has worn away. The end of the semester is an eternity away. Getting enthused about learning, participating in discussions, even getting to class seems like a colossal effort. And that’s just us teachers!

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THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – Group work (pt. 1). Let’s get real.

large lecture hall class

Rah-rah, go team!
Glass half-full time! Working in groups (a.k.a. teamwork) is a good thing. It can build basic life skills that are needed in virtually every workplace (and for successfully co-existing on planet Earth). I found these stories about why teamwork is important positively magical. And peer learning is a key component of student-focused teaching strategies. Go teamwork, hooray!

But wait, what about the glass half-empty?
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THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – Justifying just makes life easier

pen and notebook

The silent inquisition.
My 2-year-old is an inquisitive tyke. Why can’t I pick my nose? Why can’t I pick my sister’s nose? Why are you yelling at me for picking the dog’s nose? WHY, WHY, WHY? All. Day. Long.

At least he asks me for explanations. Apparently muteness, possibly with an aura of sullenness or the occasional withering glare, develops in the teen years.

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THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – Changing educational pain to pleasure

Tipped over Bucket

Fall is here. I have to teach.

Ah, the start of a new semester! Exciting times! The air smells fresher. The sun feels sunnier. Students zoom everywhere. Everyone waits in long lines for everything. Faculty panic as it sinks in that summertime is GONE, and with it all their glorious plans of crossing off the last item on that pesky to-do list. And goodbye, beautiful summer bucket list.

Now, I understand that some teachers dive into the fall semester as if it were a swimming pool in Nirvana.

I am NOT one of those people.

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