A friend of mine, a teacher I have great respect for, took a week long workshop. Some of it went well and some of it, well, not so well. And they wrote about it. These two posts are chock full of useful observations and insights on what it is like to be a student and why even good students can struggle. Ten object lessons and a couple of thought questions make this a case study I think many people can learn from.
One thing that isn’t explicitly spelled out it that students can learn a lot from each other. Letting students help each other can be a great thing for everyone involved. Honestly it is one of the reasons my classes tended to be a little louder than many others in the building. I have to say that I have learned a ton from my peers in courses and workshops my whole life as well.
So anyway, if you are a teacher go read those posts. I’d be amazed if you didn’t learn something about teaching. I sure learned a bunch.
Thanks for the link! I'm really touched. (And it's okay to out me as female. :-)
I hadn't thought about the peer-tutoring factor, largely because I work in a school that emphasizes groupwork, so that aspect felt very comfortable for me. It is true that a lot of what made the workshop good was working with other people. My friend's tutoring - both the examples I gave in my post and other smaller questions answered - and working with a partner during the labs were invaluable. The best parts of the workshop (other than dinner with my old friend) were definitely sharing ideas with other teachers. Isn't it always that way??
Interaction with the group is one of the important aspect of Workshop.This will encourage everyone to share ideas to achive a better result.
Thanks for sharing that story.
I recall something similar to my year in HL Algebra 2, I didn't know what the teacher was trying to get across and I didn't really have the necessary peer support so that was my worst class ever. In precalc, I had the peer support (and an excellent teacher) and that allowed me to grow mathematically in ways I could've only dreamed of the year before.
Thanks for a great post!
Interestingly, I had never heard the term "Impostor Syndrome" that you mention, but this is definitely something I've witnessed in students and sometimes in myself. You're spot on with your description of how that can impact how people learn (and fail to learn) in a classroom setting.