What, you might ask, does cheese have to do with education? The answer is not that you may find holes in both, but rather that both require attention to the local culture to be made whole.
This week on HeightsCast, Mr. Tom Steenson shares his thoughts on the tone and culture of the classroom. Leaning on nearly twenty-five years of teaching experience, Tom encourages us as teachers to see our classrooms as second homes and our role as assisting their primary families. There are, of course, important differences between being a parent and being a teacher, yet the overlap between the two vocations is striking and worth pondering.
Listen to Mr. Steenson’s ideas on how to shape the tone and culture of the classroom to be a place where students know they’re loved, love to learn, and therefore learn to know and love all the more.
- 2:15 Chesterton and cheese
- 5:07 Like father, like teacher
- 9:35 How teaching is an art
- 11:50 What is “tone”?
- 15:05 Externals that affect the tone
- 18:10 Classrooms as expressing the teacher’s personality
- 19:15 Differences between being a parent and a teacher
- 23:13 Overcoming first judgments
- 25:45 A key aspect of being an effective teacher
- 32:50 Recommended reading for teachers
- 35:15 On posters
Also from the Forum
School Tone, the Most Powerful Teacher with Alvaro de Vicente
Discipline in the Classroom: On the Art of Order with Colin Gleason
Artwork in Schools: On the Buildings that Build Us with Joe Cardenas
Creating a Culture of Learning in the Home by Alvaro de Vicente
Ways to Foster a Family Culture by Alvaro de Vicente