A Declaration

A low tech version of a manifesto poster. Maybe someday I’ll get some design software, but this was fun to make with graph paper, pencil, pen, and actual cutting and pasting.


A low tech declaration of my teaching inspiration, questions, and beliefs.
A low tech declaration of my teaching inspiration, questions, and beliefs.

Unexamined teaching…

“Unexamined teaching is drudgery.”  

John Fanselow

I wonder if the same holds true for unexamined quotes?

If I were to use this quote as a starting point to think about my own teaching I might use some of the following questions.

  • What in the quote speaks to you?
  • What do you see as the essential truth captured in the quote?
  • How does it confirm what you know to be true about teaching and learning?
  • What is one experience you can point to in your teaching that this quote helps to explain / shed light on?
  • How can this quote inform your future teaching experiences / plans?

If I decided that this quote captured something undeniably true and important, I’d probably start reflecting on my lessons. Pretty simple really.


Why this blog?

Because not all teachers are looking for another activity for Monday morning.

Because reflecting on our teaching practice can have an impact far beyond our expectations.

Because sometimes teachers need help to look at the problems, puzzles and challenges in their classrooms with courage and curiosity.

Because “why” is sometimes more important than “how.”

Because many teachers do not really follow one particular teaching method but rather combine techniques, ideas and beliefs from different methods. Reflection is a valuable way to figure out whether a technique is useful or a particular belief is serving you well.