Keeping Up!

Young teachers, you have an advantage when teaching young students. You know their interests. Knowing their interests and implementing aspects of it into your lessons when possible, keeps them engaged. There's a real danger among veteran teachers if we tend to teach the same lessons using the same examples year after year. Sooner or later, the engagement will wane as student interest changes. Also, what might have been a rockstar lesson in one placement simply does not work within the culture of another placement. It all boils down to "Keeping Up!" We need to know our students' interests (material culture) and keep updating our pedagogical gray matter (teaching brains).