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Are you a Lifeguard? - standing on the sidelines giving orders, hovering above, directing from the side?
Are you a Swimmer? - in the "water" with your students, guiding them side by side, and totally present?
|My son, Tanner, is totally immersed when he plays with little ones whether it be swimming with his cousin or teaching the neighborhood boys to play basketball.|
In the classroom, on most days, I am a swimmer! I don't sit behind a desk (and don't have one) and give orders. I don't give an assignment and then go sit and grade papers or chit chat with my assistant. I am in the floor with my students or walking around beside them at their seats. How else am I going to really know my students?
I especially love "swimming" with my students in guided reading and math small groups. If I am in the moment, fully present, I am able to reach my students and give them just what they need to move them forward. I don't teach from the sidelines!
Just as you know when someone isn't really "with" you, so do your students!
However, I have to admit, after swimming all day with my students I often come home and become a lifeguard. Not in the sense that I am barking orders or halfway doing things at home. But, my attention is divided. I am not fully present when I am at home because I am always busy with homework, blogs, and making items for my classroom. While that might make me a good teacher, I need to learn to STOP and be fully present when at home.
My family is more than worth it!