As a teacher who has taught in very two different environments in my first two years of teaching I have always been very interested in how more experienced educators have reached their students successfully no matter what their life outside of school is like. In my quest, I have come upon a book titled “ The Leader in Me” written by a group of authors; Stephen R. Covey, Sean Covey, Muriel Summers, and David K. Hatch. Within this book are numerous strategies that teachers have used successfully in real life classrooms across the country.
From the numerous strategies that this book had to offer I chose to focus on one that allows the teacher to teach the required curriculum in a way that each class is unique and each student feels focused on. In doing this the books gives advice on how to get students who are typically disengaged in certain activities to feel comfortable and entertained in similar activities that teach the same skill and abilities.
Recently I have started teaching basketball, and while this particular unit isn't exactly pulling teeth to get the students involved, there are some students who aren't as interested. In the past I would just talk to these students and try to get them motivated but since reading this book I have discovered ways to help them gain confidence, one of the most successful skills I have used thus far has been playing with them and showing them that I make mistakes as well. In shooting if I see a student struggling making a shot I come over to help and miss multiple times before I make it, to show them the power of persistence. As I continue to grow as a teacher I plan on perfecting some of the skills I've learned from this book and others like it, along with developing my own unique skills that allow me to make strong connections with the students as the learn what is required and needed while still remaining completely engaged in what they are doing.
John Anderson | Lewis Elementary | Physical Education
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