Jennie Wagner — reader of this blog, 7th grade teacher, and Brandisher of Awesome — recently wrote me an email with the following sage advice:
Perhaps you could ask for your readers to write something for a guest page of sorts. You choose the topic and say “Go!” I bet a ton of your readers have some interesting thoughts
I really like that idea, so here's the question that's on my mind lately: How do we better prepare brand new teachers for the work of teaching? Part of it, I think, is through getting much smarter about what understandings we send them into work with. There's probably room to drop some of the “Here, read this Educational Psychology textbook”-style information and add some, “This is a list of the most important things teachers wish they had known when they started”-style stuff.
So, in the comments, make this article amazing by answering one question: What Is the Most Important Thing You Know Now that You Wish You Knew When You Started?
“Go!”Thank you to Jennie Wagner for this excellent idea. I'm pumped to learn from the readers of this blog.