What I thought it was:
Back when I was in college and even during practicum and student teach, I do was the teacher standing at the board working through the question or problem step by step. This is what I have always done and what I plan for in my lesson plans. My students are watching me work.
What it is:
Instead, I should be putting myself into my students shoes. Reserve a seat for yourself in the classroom. Sit back and look at the problem. Then say "Mrs. Judd says to -----. This means I need to ... and then ...." Keep talking about the problem as if you were the student.
You are gonna feel crazy and at first not see this as important at all but students need a model. They need to "see" what the words should sound like inside of their own head. This is the equivalent of handing them sentence stems to help them start writing.
The thoughts in our heads are closed to students. We need to open this for them. Not while standing at the board leading them but rather while sitting next to them so they can see us as the student and the process in which they need to go through in order to be successful.
Hi! My name is Misty. I am a 6th Grade ELA Teacher, Mama of 5, and author of The Path to Passionate Teaching.