I changed my Twitter handle recently to better reflect my vocational and educational philosophy (the mission) in as succinct a manner as possible.
It is now Coach John Hines@LrnTchCchGrw. It reflects the reasons I left a Fortune 100 sales career and entered teaching as a mid-life career changer. As I told my students today, “I’m a learner.” I have always been a learner. I am in the profession to share my passion for learning with my students and to build life-long learners who are adaptive to the Digital Age we live in. As I told them today:
“The most important thing we can learn together this year is to learn how to learn (and how YOU learn).”
In my first year of teaching, I did not coach a sports team. However, the students very often called me “Coach” sometimes even catching themselves with a “…um, Mr. Hines”. I like to think they called me Coach because of my approach in the classroom. A coach’s role is to create a winning culture, to create teamwork, to build cooperation toward a goal, and to emphasize the growth of the team and each individual member.
A teacher must always be learning in multiple arenas that include the subject areas one is teaching and the art and science of pedagogy. A teacher naturally wants to teach what she/he is learning and find the best way to create learning opportunities/environments/cultures for students. I often tell my students that, as a teacher, I’m always looking for those “teachable moments”.
To maximize growth of the classroom team, the teacher must move into the role of Coach working with individuals, smaller groups of “players” and the whole team. At the end of the day, when the magic happens…we all GROW!
That’s why I’m Coach John Hines@LrnTchCchGrw! I’d love to connect with you on Twitter!