Reflective Teaching Day #21- Hobbies

Day 21- @TeachThough  30 Day Reflective Teaching Challenge  

Do you have other hobbies/interests that you bring into your classroom teaching? Explain.

Hobbies other than teaching and technology? Of course! Sports, outdoor activities and my passion for history are very visible in my teaching. Sports make for a great connection for many science topics. When talking about force and motion, the conversation almost always ventures into sports. These connections hook students’ interests into the topic. Students need to see that the learning happening in the classroom is not just for the classroom. Seeing and hearing the connections makes them realize they need to learn about the topic.

When talking about simple machines, I like to share how I use many of them when sailing a sail boat. When talking about plants, I talk about my enjoyment of hiking in the woods and share many experiences with nature. Students relate to many of teachers hobbies. They or their parents share hobbies. By sharing your personal stories students connect to teachers and are more likely to be motivated to learn.

I try to bring my entire life into my teaching. I share stories from my youth till now. Students want to know their teachers not just the topics they teach. It is vital for teachers to foster this connection.