Why don’t we ever see any exemplars before they’re exemplary?
I want to see Taylor Delhagen’s teacher face. I want to see Justin Meli address severe misbehavior in his room. I want to see exactly what Megan Brusseau did to invest her investment-proof kids and their parents. WHY can’t we ever see anyone on their way to being good? Why are people under the impression that it helps us to see classrooms and teachers that are miles away from where we are? It only frustrates us further and makes us vulnerable to making excuses (“But he’s in a charter school”/”But he was teaching social studies, not math”/”but his kids are so much younger”).
I’m not saying I want to copy verbatim every little thing a good teacher does. But seriously—am I the only one who sees value in watching people who aren’t perfect? Yet?
… probably because no one thought they were good enough to record. Humph. I’m taking my flip video to class EVERY DAY and I’m going to POST that shit. And then when I become perfect, then I will have paved the way for educators everywhere. Heh.