Go Back to Go Forward

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The Last/Next Time
Teaching blog shorts to get you thinking.

The Last Time
When was the last time you retaught a lesson topic?

Reflect on your teaching tenure. Have you ever felt frustrated as an instructor because students “just aren’t getting it”? Have you found yourself pushing on to your next lesson or unit even though you know a class didn’t grasp the last topic or skill? Teachers are under pressure to get things done and work through many different topics within their curriculum, often with time deadlines. It’s natural to find yourself moving forward even when your students need a review.

The Next Time
Take advantage of the next time you can reteach a lesson topic.

Teachers all have deadlines. We’re under constant pressure to meet standards, assessments, and curricular demands. But students deserve a review when necessary. Quite often, a recap is not time wasted— it might make more sense, and even save time in the future, to reteach an entire skill or cover a topic with a different angle. Lessen confusion going forward. Allow yourself to alter plans and fit in a reteachable moment when you recognize the need.

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