Using Your Biography to Be a Better Teacher
This presentation encourages participants to mine their own biography for material on how to be a better teacher. Each of us has a story to tell and lessons to impart. Each of us has a teaching style that has roots in our own biography. Although there will be commonalities on what it is that makes us a successful teacher, our own personal experiences will color the way we present ourselves to our students. Mining our own biography also gives us a more human perception of what it is we do as teachers, how we do it, and why - and it is this part of teaching which gives us a sense of purpose. Without a sense of purpose, we are merely teaching a skill or passing on a specific knowledge. It is a teacher’s duty to not just give the minimum required, but rather to prepare our students to succeed at life itself. In this presentation I will share five lessons learned from my high school music teacher, lessons which have helped me to be a better teacher: fostering talent, encouraging curiosity, demonstrating that you care, instilling discipline, and maintaining boundaries.
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