Reflection: Flexibility F451 Reading Assignment 4: Days 2 & 3 - Section 2: Independent Practice


I struggled quite a bit in my first couple years of teaching to find balance between what I felt to be appropriate expectations and reasonable deadlines for tasks, and the abilities of some students. I was afraid to budge at all from the deadlines and time frames I had determined because I assumed the students would take not of that and begin to take advantage. I was making a huge mistake by assuming the worst but expecting the best, when I should have been assuming the best, preparing for the worst, and expecting an overall successful outcome. I was, in a sense, punishing genuinely good kids by my lack of flexibility, for fear of what a very small number of students would actually even consider trying to do. To make it all worse, I was modeling inflexibility for my students while continuously expecting them to be flexible. In hindsight, it seems pretty stupid, but at the time, somehow, my being inflexible made sense to me.

One day, it dawned on me that I was going about things in entirely the wrong way. At that time, I reflected and used my problem solving skills to come up with a way to find balance and take better care of my students. I reached the conclusion that deadlines and time frames are necessary for us as we strive to accomplish goals, but they are not the end-all, be-all. It seems like such a small thing now, but has really made an enormous difference in the culture of my classroom. 

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  Flexibility: Like Oil and Water
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F451 Reading Assignment 4: Days 2 & 3

Unit 5: Fahrenheit 451 - Novel Study
Lesson 14 of 16

Objective: Students will apply language and reading comprehension skills as they read each section of the novel, while continuing to build upon current skill set and abilities

Big Idea: The End is Near, Let's Kick All the Way to the Finish.

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English / Language Arts, Comprehension (Reading), Reading, fahrenheit 451, bradbury, anticipation
  50 minutes
nearing the finish line
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