This was also one of the first days in our seminar class. We had four questions to answer and I wrote a bit about the answers that stood out for me.
Whiteboard 1: What are the biggest challenges in teaching?
- How do I build authentic relationships with my students and still maintain appropriate boundaries? What boundaries are necessary?
- How do I really know my learners? People don’t always tell you what is going on in their heads. One’s behaviour can at times be drastically different from what I am thinking or feeling inside. How do you actually know someone?
Whiteboard 2: What do I want to know about teaching and learning?
- Who am I? What do I care about? In life and in relation to my teaching philosophy? Who I am is going to be what I bring to the classroom – so what do I think is important and how do I want to shape my learners and learning environment?
Whiteboard 3: What I know about teaching
- “I don’t know more than I know” – you don’t know what you don’t know
- Relationships are everything – applies everywhere – also in the work I was doing before I came here
- Embrace discomfort – get used to being uncomfortable – become comfortable being uncomfortable – teaching is not a profession where you will feel comfortable
- It helps to have a sense of humour