My Wonderful Oops: Continuing The Conversation On Teaching Advice

Last weekend, I was replying to a Twitter comment from Marguerite Botting, when I noticed this question by Lauren Kombol in the midst of our discussion. I don’t always reply to these requests for advice, but this one had me interested. Little did I know that I was about to make a wonderful mistake.

Minutes after replying, I noticed people responding to my advice. I was intrigued, as I thought that I had just replied to Lauren, so how were so many others seeing my words? That’s when I realized that I forgot to mention Lauren in my response. I corrected the error by composing a new tweet to her, but I did not delete my original message.

A week later, I’m still getting retweets, likes, and comments on my oops-of-a-tweet. I’m happy to hear that others agree with my advice, but I wonder, what other advice might you give? If you could give up to three tips for teachers (new, old (or experienced, as I like to think of it πŸ™‚ ), or in between), what might you say? I hope that some parents, administrators, other educators, students, and support staff also weigh in on this discussion. We cannot forget about the value of diverse voices. Thanks Lauren for inadvertently starting the discussion that inspired this post, and hopefully leads to many more contributions to your query.


2 thoughts on “My Wonderful Oops: Continuing The Conversation On Teaching Advice

  1. I love your tips! Your first would be my first. My second would be: be patient with everyone around you and they’ll be more likely to have patience for you when you need it. Kids need us to be patient. So do our colleagues. It’s harder some days than others. Do it anyway.

    • Thanks for your comment, Lisa! I love your word, β€œpatient.” Like relationships, I see the Self-Reg connection to this word. At times, in order to be patient, we also need to reframe and see the behaviour of the kids or adults differently. Somehow viewing this behaviour through a different lens β€” maybe even with stressors in mind β€” makes things easier, I think. Curious what others think and what other words they might add to their lists.


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