Our teaching experience is based on the Choices we make. One way we can detract from our experiences is when we make Choices that conflict with one another. Many times, in the classroom, we create confusion and a lack of confidence, not because we are necessarily making bad Choices, but rather we are attempting to make Choices that are in opposition. We may make the Choice to give more assessments opportunities this semester, yet, at the same time, choose to have more free time at home with less grading. Or, we may make the choice to change our curriculum, yet also want the comfort that comes from using our same material and curriculum from before. None of these Choices are “good” or “bad”. The problems only arise when the Choices are in conflict with one an another.
Where, in your classroom experience, are you making Choices that are congruent with one another? Where are you making Choices that are in conflict with one another? How do these Choices contribute to your teaching experience?
How can you work with your students so that everyone, within the classroom experience, is making Choices that are congruent with one another rather than in conflict?