“Ultimately, human intentionality is the most powerful evolutionary force on this planet.”
~George B. Leonard (American author b.1923)
Next time I have the opportunity to talk to a new or pre-service teacher about improving their teaching (like tomorrow in my PLC), I will give them the following 2 thoughts to consider:
#1 – Reflection
You will do a lot of good things and a lot of not so good ones as a new teacher. This is normal and perfectly acceptable. Reflect on the good and the bad in order to shift the balance in favor of the good. This is a gradual process that will frustrate you with its glacial pace.
#2 – Intentionality
The greatest difference between a novice teacher and an expert is not necessarily skill or knowledge but intentionality. A novice teacher does things – good and bad – by accident. A master teacher does good things intentionally to achieve the desired end.
Caveat – the best way to shift from novice to expert, from accident to intention is reflection (see #1, above).