by Tracy Rosen, teaching & consulting since 1996, blogging about it here since 2007. All views are my own.
…do what feels right.
My practice distilled into one sentence, a sweet mélange of head and heart.
This past week it’s been repeating like a mantra behind all of the activity – know your stuff, do what feels right.
Stuff, of course, bears a lot of weight. Stuff can consist of curriculum, management, theory, school culture, student background, and more.
What feels right is where the teacher becomes artist. This year I regained my own trust in the do what feels right category. I spent much of my year looking to others for approval and recognition as it was my first year in this position and I really wanted to a) do a good job (as defined by others, I learned) and b) keep the position. Only in April did I realize this, that I wasn’t doing what felt right enough of the time.
Big lesson I learned this year. From my kids, from my colleagues.
Have I mentioned lately that I wouldn’t change my job for anything?
Know your stuff, do what feels right.
I just happened to find a blog post, written in a much more scholarly manner! on the same topic by Penny Ryder, Unity of the Head and Heart.