Here’s a pic of my most recently read books on kindle:
I’m a nervous researcher. I like to glean tips from here there and everywhere so that I start with expert advice brimming from every orifice.
Teaching doesn’t – or didn’t for me this past week – work like that.
I know exactly what I should be doing differently but putting it into practice is so, so hard when you have 10 things to think about at once. Pacing, differentiation, using mathematical language, behaviour, praise, etc. etc. I’m currently relying on what one of the experienced teachers told me. He said teaching is like driving. When you learn to drive you think you’ll never master it. You can’t even remember which pedal is which, let alone do all the changing gears and observations. But over time parts of it just come naturally and you can change your focus.
This is my new mantra: it will come. Stay calm. It will come. Stressing about all the above is probably the least productive thing to be doing right now.