As a classroom teacher, I think the thing I feared the most was failure. I always wanted to be successful and for my kids to be successful. I’m not sure I can say that there were specific things that I know I didn’t do because I was afraid, but fear often keeps people from taking risks.
As a teacher, I was regularly concerned about results. How was I doing as a teacher? How were my students performing? In retrospect, I wish I focused more on the process (and the learning) rather than a product (and assessing knowledge). If I wasn’t as focused on students performing well on assessments, my classroom environment would have been more interesting, more personalized, and more innovative.
**This post is in response to and completes “Reflecting Teaching: A 30-Day Blogging Challenge For Teachers.”