Monday, June 2, 2014
An Inquiring State of Mind
What's personality got to do with being a good teacher? According to an article published on MindShift and written by psychologist Thom Markham titled, Do You Have the Personality To Be an Inquire-Based Teacher?, personality has everything to do with being an inquiry-based teacher.
In chapter eight of Reading, Writing, and Literacy 2.0, I write about the importance of inquiry-based teaching, "Inquiry is a disposition that influences the way in which all classroom activities are approached" (p. 123). And, it is critical to preparing students for the job market.
I encourage you to read and reflect on the personality attributes put forth in the article as necessary for an inquiry-based teacher:
Are you optimistic?
Are you open?
Are you appreciative?
Are you flexible?
Are you purposeful?
Then, think about how the technology tools discussed in chapter eight might support inquiry-based teaching in your classroom. What books and articles have you read that helped prepare you to be in inquiry-based teacher? Post them in the comments below and I will collect them in a subsequent post.