Everyone remembers one or two of their favorite teachers. There are specific characteristics that represent what a good teacher is.
- Have them think about their favorite teacher.
- Ask your workshop participants to close their eyes and imagine: What is the classroom like? What are students doing? What is the teacher saying and doing?
- Have them open their eyes and group with 2 other teachers.
- Ask them to briefly share what they saw in this classroom.
Now go in the complete opposite direction:
- Close their eyes again.
- Have them think about a classroom or teacher where they had a negative experience. What is the teacher doing or saying? What are students doing?
- Open their eyes and share their experiences with the other 2 teachers.
Then group two of the groups to share and compare the different characteristics of positive and negative classrooms. Sometimes, just providing a time to reflect and think about their own experiences helps teachers see what characteristics are important to them as teachers.
The follow-up is to ask how they think both types of teachers approach technology (or would if they are still teaching) and why.
Submitted by:Barbara Bray
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