Monday, September 23, 2013

Potpourri - Letting Your Personal Side Teach the Lesson

One concept that was drilled into my head during my college years was establishing strong boundaries between your professional life and your personal life. Anything from online etiquette to desk placement to communication with parents and students outside of the classroom was covered. I am very thankful for these lessons that were shared with me. They have been extremely valuable for me through my first years of teaching.
One thing that I'm learning though is the power of a personal story in your teaching. Sometimes, when the students get a glimpse of the real person behind the teacher, it opens up the door for much bigger lessons to be learned. Here is a great example of that: