Remembering the human (in teachers, too)

You teach a resistant teacher the same way you teach a resistant and disinterested and disengaged student. By engaging them, by challenging them, by making sure they have fun, and giving them ownership of their own learning will bring back even a hardened student to the class.

Eric Pollack wrote this, as a comment to an article on coaching teachers by Elena Aguilar in Education Week.

This is something I truly believe. Even so, it can be easy at times to be frustrated with what seem to be ‘resistant’ teachers.

I fight for the rights of so-called resistant students yet am frustrated with so-called resistant teachers. There is a misalignment there. I must realign.

I must seek to understand before being understood.

I must remember the human, always.

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