Happy New Year, dear readers!
"What you are is what you have been. What you will be is what you do now." Buddha.
I like the idea of selecting a word for 2012. A word to focus on. An affirmation or a goal. Last year, I chose 3 words (that was too many! I forgot the 3rd word by February.)
This year I've chosen the word "preparation." Not a very exciting or ethereal-type word, but a good one for me. You see, I want to become a better teacher in 2012. Yes, I'm a good teacher now, and I do get lots of wonderful, positive feedback. But I want to be better. I want to step it up, really give my students their time and money's worth. I want to be more prepared. To be prepared for my classes, to have more hand-outs, more of a structure ( but still with lots of room for creative play!) to really think through each step of the process. Good solid preparation is what I plan to be physically doing for each and everyone of my classes and workshops.
When I discussed this with my wise friend, Pamela Underwood, she clarified that my intention is to "step up" to new opportunities and be prepared.
And, I need your help to do this, in exchange for your help, you could win this pretty darn fabulous giveaway! done:
But I need your help. Please leave a comment regarding teaching. I want to know what you think makes a great teacher. What traits, handouts, preparation, structure or whatever, that makes you feel you've really had a great experience in the classroom or workshop.