Make small, tiny, minuscule changes.
Sometimes we think that we have to do grand and amazing things in the classroom. And then we don’t do anything because we don’t know where to start. We’re dissatisfied with our lessons and teaching, but don’t have the time to develop all our own materials and then write our own textbook. And so our intentions don’t lead to actions.
Don’t defeat yourself before you even get started.
Small changes can have ripple effects that are more lasting than you might realize. Introduce an activity differently than you have before. Try a new kind of follow up exercise. Or (a classic John Fanselow idea) teach from the back of the classroom.
Current brain research shows that when we make more neural connections, we learn more effectively. Small changes in your normal teaching practice can pique your students’ curiosity and help build those neural connections — the ripple effect has begun!
What tiny change in your teaching practice can you make today?