214 – It’s OKAY to Be MESSY at the START Teachers on Fire

Guess what, administrators. If you want your educators to teach responsively, dynamically, and sustainably, then you’ve got to create safe spaces for experimentation. That means that it has to be okay for teachers to try some new things. To leave the familiar from time to time. To make spontaneous decisions. And to make mistakes. That means that it has to be okay for you as an administrator to walk into a classroom where the lesson plan hasn’t been completely defined. Where the learning activity has yet to appear in a unit plan. Where the teacher asks students to try out new technologies that don’t work exactly as intended. That has to be okay with you. Because if it’s not — if every instructional decision has to be planned, defined, and described in advance — then experimentation simply won’t happen as often. Or ever. Welcome to SPARKS: mini-segments intended to spark your thinking and ignite your practice. These short episodes are based on my written reflections, which you can find on the Teachers on Fire Magazine at Medium.com. Read the blog post featured in this episode at https://medium.com/teachers-on-fire/its-okay-to-be-messy-at-the-start-c4471dc2888c. My name is Tim Cavey, and I’m proud to contribute to the education conversation through the Teachers on Fire podcast. Make sure to connect with me @TeachersOnFire on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to catch more from me and hear from amazing educators who are bringing growth and transformation to K-12 education today. CONNECT with ME On Twitter @TeachersOnFire (https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire) On Instagram @TeachersOnFire (https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/) On Facebook @TeachersOnFire (https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/) On YouTube @Teachers On Fire (https://www.youtube.com/c/teachersonfire) On Voxer @TeachersOnFire (https://web.voxer.com/u/teachersonfire) On LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/timwcavey/ Visit the home of Teachers on Fire at https://teachersonfire.net/. SONG TRACK CREDIT Flight to Tunisia by Causmic Tangled by Emmit Fenn Road Tripzzz by Ofshane Sunrise Drive by South London Hifi Fast and Run by Nico Staf *All songs retrieved from the YouTube Audio Library at https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/teachersonfire/support
  1. 214 – It’s OKAY to Be MESSY at the START
  2. 213 – The OVERLOOKED SKILL That No One Is Talking About in Education
  3. 212 – LEVEL UP Your SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS with This Checklist
  4. 211 – We Are ALL Developing Learners
  5. 210 – Are We Using TOO MANY APPS in Education?
  6. 209 – My Students Are Actually Thinking About LEARNING TARGETS
  7. 208 – A Tale of TWO SHORT STORY PROJECTS
  8. 207 – VIRTUAL WHITEBOARDS: How can they support student learning?
  9. 206 – Sail the 7 Cs of MICROSOFT EDUCATION with Becky Keene and Kathi Kersznowski
  10. 205 – Defining Our SEESAW MISSION and VISION

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.

Marie Curie