FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP MAGAZINE, JUNE 2014 ONLINE EDITION
Miss Tiff, my junior year English teacher, shifted my understanding of what it means to learn. Until taking her class, I had only attended traditional teacher-centered, lecture-style classes in middle and high school. In Miss Tiff’s class, we sat in a U shape and held discussions. The atmosphere of the classroom was academic, collaborative, and active. We were encouraged to say things like, “I concur with … ” and “I disagree because ….” I now recognize the teaching model as Socratic circles, but at the time it was just Miss Tiff being a good enough teacher to let go of control and turn the learning over to her students. She inspired me to become the teacher I am today. Like her, I aim to listen instead of talk, encourage instead of inform, and create engaged learners instead of passive listeners.
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