“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” – William Shakespeare
My main takeaway from this lovely quote is that there is a potential for greatness in each one of us. And for the purposes of our context, we can tweak this quote to read…
Some are born great teachers, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
I know for a fact that I delivered some shockingly abysmal teaching in the first few months after completing the CELTA. But then, most of us did. Did. Not anymore. 😉
I think the watershed moment in any teachers’ career is when they stop thinking about the quality of their teaching and assess lessons based on the quality of their students’ learning. All those utterly boring lesson aims (should) have one goal: students should come out the other end having learned something.
If we push this idea a bit further…we realize that good teaching does not have such an amorphous goal. Let’s rephrase the sentence above for an ideal teaching and learning environment: all students should be equipped and encouraged to realize their full potential in the 21st century.
This, I would say, is the goal of ambitious teaching and learning. I will examine the ideas embedded in this statement in upcoming posts.