182: Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

It is easy this day in age to get distracted. Teachers can easily fall down a rabbit hole full of shiny, sparkly classroom implementations that don’t always lead to student learning or teacher effectiveness. Tune in to hear what the “main thing” is when it comes to teaching and tips to hone your craft in the areas of lesson design and execution.

Quotables

  • Cutesy classroom décor.. is the icing on the cake, but it’s not the ingredients to make a cake, let alone a good one.
  • You cannot be great in teaching if you don’t know how or don’t spend time getting better at the main thing.
  • We have to get good at the main thing before we can add the icing.
  • There is no reason to keep writing plans you won’t read or use or that do not help students achieve.
  • Thorough doesn’t mean wordy.
  • When you write your lesson plans just think about putting purpose into that piece of paper
  • We can’t wait until ¾ of the lesson goes by to get students interacting with their new learning

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I am an educator of almost a decade, passionate about cultivating talent in aspiring and new teachers through practical tips and strategies. My blog, book, and podcast are geared towards empowering teachers to enter the profession and stay there due to the advice and encouragement I provide. We have a real need in our nation for strong leaders in classrooms, and I believe its my calling and duty to coach teachers to achieve and maintain best teaching practices in order to drive the growth and success of our students in and outside the classroom.