Saturday, February 16, 2013

Saturday Sayings

 “I believe we cannot underestimate the power of our influence – what we choose to say and do in the classroom profoundly affects the ways children view their teacher, themselves, and each other.” Debbie Miller Teaching with Intention.

I’ve been slowly going through a small book called Teaching with Intention. Oh, it’s making me think! Sometimes that’s good, and sometimes I’d just rather not (if you know what I mean). 

I learned about Teaching with Intention from Deanna Jump’s blog.  A while back, I was reading her blog and she said something about when she started including more things in her lesson plans, particularly the questions she wanted to ask, she felt like she became a better teacher. (I can’t find this exact blog post, so this may be a huge paraphrase, but anyway!)

Well, let me tell you, I’ve always tried to make my lesson plans as short as possible. I want a week to fit on one type written page. Hmm, maybe I need to rethink that. One of my worst feelings is when the kids go home, and there on my desk is sitting that great idea that, whoops! I forgot to include.  And I am so forgetful! On days when I really want to remember everything, and I write myself a little note, guess what? It feels like things go better. 

So, in an effort not to go overboard, I’m thinking what if I took one subject – say writing, or whole group reading – and really made an effort with those lesson plans. Instead of putting all my thinking into the WHAT I’m doing, what if I put the majority of my thinking into the HOW I’m going to do.  (Or better yet, how THEY are going to do  :)) And then did step 2 - wrote it down in my plans so I'll remember when it comes time to do it!

This is the perfect timing for me, because guess what I’m doing this weekend? You got it – lesson plans! Here comes some Teaching with Intention!

I really enjoy reading Saturday Sayings – they do make me think and reflect about what I’m doing in my classroom. Thanks, Tammy, for letting me join in with you this week.  Make sure you head over to Forever in First and read Tammy's Saturday Sayings, and then hop over to her other guest contributors this week.

And have a great weekend - whether you're working or having fun! Sara


  1. I have been wanting to read that book too. I think maybe this post just convinced me to order it now. Thanks!! Stephanie

  2. I love this book. I honestly need to read it again because it's so deep and filled with thoughts that press my thinking. I'm glad were able to join me today. It was a pleasure to have your company!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  3. I have to get this book! What a great post. I feel so excited about Monday now. Shoot, I have Monday off...Oh well...There's always Tuesday!!
    Owl Things First

    1. Ha, you lucky duck! So does my hubby, but I'm off to work.