Teacher Tip #7: Make sure you test drive new stuff before doing them in class

We’ve all been there: Super psyched to try out something new in class–a new lab, an activity that has some promise, a demo that will be pretty sweet–and then you actually go to do it and…fail.

Newton Fail

Well…that didn’t go as planned.

It is so important to give things a go before you actually try them in class. There is nothing more annoying than having students bother you as you spend an hour trying to figure out how to do something new.

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I have a unique perspective on teaching. As a young guy, I still have that “world is my oyster” perspective on life, so I am more than willing to try new things in the pursuit of happiness. I have always been a naturally happy person and don’t shy away from trying to make others see that it’s easy to be happy! Thus, the blog you’re reading. The main impetus for actually putting all the work in to getting this blog up and running? A coworker stopped me in the hall one day and actually reprimanded me for being so smiley all the time. They actually said that I shouldn’t be so happy as a teacher! My response? Screw that! I SHOULD be happy. I now smile at that coworker EVERY time I see them…and usually say something like, “Isn’t this such great day to be a teacher?!” They don’t usually smile back… Don’t be like them.

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