here} to take you back to Okinawan Girl. Then come back here to find out more about chapter 2 ~ Immersion.
Today I am focusing on the second chapter of the book Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator, titled "Immersion".
What is immersion?
While reading this chapter, I thought of my friend who taught in Turkey and Morocco for six years. She immersed herself in the culture and learned so much from it, not from books, but from being there. She also took advantage of her time in Europe and Africa and traveled the world. Again, she immersed herself in the culture to enjoy it and learn from it. Now she teaches World History back in the States, and she is immersed in what she teaches because she lived it and loves it. I overheard a conversation at a restaurant about her. The mother said her class was the only class her child enjoyed because she makes it so intriguing! Now that is immersion!
As a reading specialist, I like to think that I am immersed in what I teach ~ reading, but sometimes the books I read are not my favorite. Or the group I am working with are a struggle for me. I am definitely more immersed with comprehension strategies than with learning letters. It just appeals to me more. When I am not immersed, the behaviors in my group are not as desirable, and I am worn out!
If I would just follow this train of thought, I would not have any problems at all!
One other area I need to work on is using teachable moments. I usually have 30 minutes with my students, and I use every single minute of it, not losing pace. When a teachable moment comes up, I usually brush it off and go on. Wait a minute! I should have stopped and used it. The kids could have learned so much from that one teachable moment that I skipped. I really need to focus more on teaching kids and not teaching the material! The bottom line is...
When we are immersed, we do just that. And that is what really matters!
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