Jennie Wagner — reader of this blog, 7th grade teacher, and Brandisher of Awesome — recently wrote me an email with the following sage advice:
Perhaps you could ask for your readers to write something for a guest page of sorts. You choose the topic and say “Go!” I bet a ton of your readers have some interesting thoughts
I really like that idea, so here's the question that's on my mind lately: How do we better prepare brand new teachers for the work of teaching? Part of it, I think, is through getting much smarter about what understandings we send them into work with. There's probably room to drop some of the “Here, read this Educational Psychology textbook”-style information and add some, “This is a list of the most important things teachers wish they had known when they started”-style stuff.
So, in the comments, make this article amazing by answering one question: What Is the Most Important Thing You Know Now that You Wish You Knew When You Started?
[hr]Thank you to Jennie Wagner for this excellent idea. I'm pumped to learn from the readers of this blog.