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Don’t be a know it all

September 13, 2011

One of the most refreshing things you can show your students is that you are human.  You are not a robot.  You do not have all of the answers.  You are not perfect.  You are not Superhuman. That’s what Google is for.  When you don’t know an answer to something be honest and say that you don’t but use it as a teaching moment.  This can also help with some of the students who try and be ‘wise guys’ and stump you, they will quickly realize that this doesn’t work.  When I don’t know an answer, I take time out of my lesson (which aren’t written in stone by the way) and as a class we research it and figure it out together.

Now don’t go overboard and do this with every question, but do it with the questions you are truly unsure about.  Because when you don’t know something and try and fake it,  your students will call your bluff and to start second guess you and that’s not good.  You’ll become the teacher who, “Doesn’t have a clue!”


From → Education, Teaching

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