I have a friend that is an elementary school teacher. Throughout my PIDP experience, I’ve been annoying him with all the new ideas, theories, and philosophies that I am learning about and embracing. The conversation usually goes “you should try this!” and then “that won’t work because of this constraint or this structure or this other reason”. And I assume he is just making excuses because he’s afraid to try something new.
Well, looks like I’m being a jerk again. Because low and behold – I do the same bloody thing.
I took the Teaching Perspectives Inventory (TPI) this week, and boy oh boy did I learn some things. I want to nurture, I believe in nurturing, I am all about the nurturing perspective… but what do I do? My actions fall firmly in the land of transmission perspective. And why do I do that??
Number 1: because of what, where, and who I teach, the existing structure supposes a transmission style of teaching. I’m working on changing that, and I need to be patient because it will take time.
Number 2: I am new at this, and I’m not all that confident yet. Thank you to that video on the TPI results page for helping me to realize that the more confident I become, the more I will do what I believe!
So my main takeaways are: be patient (my life story, ps), plan and teach with intention, and have a little more understanding when I am talking about perspectives and methods with teachers! In the meantime, I’m going to go and apologize to my friend.
Oh and I took this survey too. Got 19/19. So you know, there’s that. (A warning: that link will take you to a quiz about the worst pop song in Canadian history. You’ve been warned.)