First, the Questions!
Below are five questions to help you find the right frame of mind for teaching Your Self Series ™. We ask that you either open a word document or grab a pen and paper (how ancient, we know!), and answer the questions honestly and fully, as if they were part of a job interview. Think about it this way: you are going to be asking your students to go through a process of self-reflection and you will be hoping that they answer the questions posed in a thoughtful manner. We are simply asking that you do the same in preparing to lead them in that process.
After you are done answering each of the questions here, head to the next post to discover the “method behind our madness”.
Question #1: Do you have a favorite teacher you remember well or a teacher who was special to you? What made the teacher special and memorable?
Question #2: Describe a time in middle school when you were challenged socially or emotionally. What happened? How did you feel? What would have been helpful? How do you think that experience shaped you? How do you, as a teacher today, reach students who struggle with social emotional issues?
Question #3: List your three greatest strengths as a teacher. List your three biggest weaknesses.
Question #4: What is your top goal for your students? How do you know your students’ goals and therefore help them to reach their goals in a way that makes them feel empowered?
Question #5: How do you connect with your students? Describe things you do or say to generate connection.