I had the privilege to attend a writing workshop with the eighth grade students, at AIS Chennai. Mr. Tim Rylands lead the workshop and, after completion, I had a chance to chat with Tim. I thanked Tim for the interesting and educational hour we spent together. He politely corrected me stating, “Well actually it was an hour and a half.” Slightly embarrassed, I replied, “Doesn’t that show the level of engagement!”
As a new educator, I am constantly trying to pick up “tricks of the trade” from other teachers.
Tim’s level of engagement with the students has resonated in my mind over the past few days, and has helped me to explore my strategies and tactics to get the most out of our students. Positive feedback, playful antics, new and silly words, and thought provoking questions are just a few examples of the arsenal of educational tools Tim has.
In reflection, it has been difficult to pinpoint one strategy or tool that I could identify as being paramount to classroom engagement. However, that may just be the point; there is no one tool, no one fail-safe, or fool proof method to keep your students engaged. It is a combination of tools, a love for learning and a love for life.
A “ripple” for you, Mr. Tim Rylands. (Thank you Seth.)
Seth D. Hills – American International School-Chennai
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