I have been having several discussions with my colleagues about the methodologies seen in many schools. While I was busily making preparations for dinner today, a great analogy came into my head. Why do I work so hard to prepare a lovely, nutritiously balanced meal for my family? Because I care.
The same can be said about my teaching style. Why don’t I just create thousands of worksheets per day for my 276 students? Why don’t I allow them to Google everything and let them regurgitate facts about a certain topic? Why don’t I let them do the skill and drill all day, every day? Because I care.
Some teachers do use the fast-food approach to teaching by putting out non-nutritious, mass-produced, processed lessons because these low-level copying skills are quick and easy. Others, the ones I consider to be great mentors and facilitators, create a well-balanced, nutritious feast of critical thinking and engagement for young brains.
My teaching (and cooking) takes a lot more work, passion, creativity, and yes, LOVE. If I want fast and easy, I’ll run to the local Golden Arches, but I want most days – if not all days – to be filled with a smorgasbord of healthier, smarter choices so my kids get the best education.