Just finished chapter 5, ‘Continuously Increase Effectiveness,’ which I liked. It’s a very short 20 page chapter, which is very realistic. All teachers make mistakes. New teachers make a lot of them, but even experienced teachers do. Mistakes come from taking risks, and just like students learn from mistakes, so can teachers.
When things don’t go well, some teachers absolve themselves by blaming the kids. Good teachers, however, look inward to what they could have done differently to have prevented the mistake so they will be able to avoid it next time.
By the very nature of this chapter, it has the humility that I think a guide book for new teachers should have. I’m glad to see that the last three chapters have been pretty solid and balanced.