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This Edition: I Do, You Do, We Do | Celebrate American Education Week | Kick Me: Making Vocabulary Interactive

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Students watch everything that we do. We model for our students how to interact with people, how to handle difficult situations, and how to take care of ourselves. I want to teach my students that it’s important to come to school every day, so I do my best to stay healthy and be present in the classroom. I also want to teach my students to know when it’s time to slow down and take a break. I need to model that for them, too. The same can be said for organization, productivity, collaboration, and many other skills important in learning and in life. It takes effort, but the payoff for students is worth it.

Similarly, modeling as a scaffold can be an important tool in the classroom. It’s imperative to show students how we think and to provide clear learning prompts so that students can gradually build their skills and find their way to mastery. As Lindsay Young points out in the video, I Do, We Do, You Do, when students know what they’re doing, they feel safe learning new and unfamiliar things. And when students feel safe and supported, they’ll be open to more fun and flexible learning activities.

As teachers, we teach much more than grade-level content. We teach skills that are essential for our students lives well beyond high school. What really matters to me is that I make a positive impact on the decisions my students will make and actions they will take in the future. If I can teach them a little bit about being healthy, organized, productive, flexible, and fun… I think that’s something to celebrate!

Crystal MoreyCrystal Morey
Josh Kwon
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
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