Betty Fenelon

How to Utilize the “A-ha” Moments in the Classroom

Remember the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears?  Well as a teacher there is nothing fictitious about it, minus baby bear.  The administrator team is Papa Bear with the cold bowl of porridge and the too hard bed. The children and their parents team up to make Mama Bear with the hot bowl of porridge and the too soft bed. As a teacher, my role is to combine the two and make it just right. My lessons cannot be too technical to appease the administrators or too practical to appease the students. As a teacher, if you experience an “a-ha” moment, do not pat yourself on the back and disregard it. Instead make it part of your teaching toolkit.  I use these “a-ha” lesson plans as a guide when there is a disconnection among students, administrators, and myself.

There will be times when the “a-ha” moments are unachievable.  It’s okay to scream “help”.   Papa Bear, before he eats you up and spits you out, will provide you with ample resources and training.  Mama Bear will be more than happy to provide feedback to help you better implement individual learning styles. The most important thing is not to be afraid to ask for help. Also, reflect on those “a-ha” moment lesson plans and utilize the best practices while being mindful of those strategies that did not work.   Just remember, you will never get it right 100 percent of the time, but the key is to come as close as possible.  Don’t be scared!  The “a-ha” moments will come. The administrators will walk in. Your lesson plan will be on point.  Your students will be engaged and make connections. The more “a-ha” moments obtained during the school year, the greater the increase in student learning achievement.

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