Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fish CAN Climb Trees!

Reflective Teacher Challenge

Day 17 - What do you think is the most challenging issue in education today?

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

-Albert Einstein

I'm sure you've all seen this classic cartoon based on Einsteins quote above. I think we teachers experience this just as much as the students do as this picture so poignantly illustrates. Rather than an exam, we are asked to change our way of teaching with the changing shifts in education.

But, I think we need to make a shift in our own way of thinking. If you are a fish being asked to climb a tree what do you do? Give up? NO! Figure out how you can keep your fins and scales and make it up that tree anyway! You're definitely going to need to make some modifications to adapt to your new surroundings but we are teachers!!!  Our classes couldn't run successfully without the modifications we use for our students on a daily basis. We just need to use them to help ourselves.

Case in point! :-)

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