As educators, is our lamenting that there’s “too much content to teach and not enough time” drowning out our enthusiasm about the “stuff” of learning? In the tug-of-war of professional priorities, do we too casually make content knowledge the underdog?
For elementary school teachers, professional development related to Common Core State Standards, assessment, differentiation and social-emotional learning is important for keeping up on best practices. But how much time per year do we spend expanding and deepening our own knowledge about the content that we are teaching? If we teach Social Studies, Reading, Science, or Mathematics, do we set aside time to expand our knowledge and explore topics of personal interest related to these subjects? Do we regularly enjoy meaningful discussions and share resources with our colleagues about these topics?
As educators, when we make it a priority to pursue and share content knowledge among ourselves, we naturally convey to our students a sense of renewed excitement about the “stuff” we are teaching and learning.
So if we haven’t cheered for content knowledge lately, let’s do it together…
Hooray for the amazing pleasure of learning lots and lots of new things!