Teaching: Seeing Things Differently or Interpreting in Different Ways

I found this quote on a metal post high in the alps in Switzerland on a recent trip. A though provoking question as I was admiring the majesty of the alps. What was I seeing? I saw a lot of mountains during that trek but did I see something different at each peak I visited?As I enter the classroom, what am I seeing?

The teacher enters the classroom every day. They work with their students every day. Are they seeing the same thing every day?

Every day brings a new set of challenges, different students with different backgrounds and needs, new events in the world that will impact what is happening in the classroom. The teacher must be able to adapt and see things differently every day in order to best meet the needs of their students.

The teacher must also be able to interpret information in different ways. They must look at data, research, and student work and see beyond the surface level to find the deeper meaning and understandings that students are demonstrating. Only then can they provide appropriate feedback and instruction.

Being a teacher is not about seeing things in one way or interpreting information in one way. It is about being flexible, adaptable, and open to new ideas so that you can best meet the needs of your students. It is about constantly learning and growing so that you can continue to help your students learn and grow too.

What are you seeing in your classroom? How are you interpreting the information that you see? Are you open to new ways of looking at things and new ways of interpreting information? These are important questions to ask as a teacher. It is essential that we continually learn and grow so that we can help our students do the same.


What are you seeing in your classroom? Are you interpreting information in the same way every day? Or are you flexible and adaptable, able to see things differently as needed? It is these skills that will help you be a successful teacher.

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Author: Dr Jake Madden

Jake Madden (Dip Teach; B.Ed; Grad Dip: Leadership; M. Ed: Leadership; EdD; FACEL; MACE) Dr. Jake Madden is currently the Principal, St Edward’s Primary School, Tamworth. He has enjoyed a successful teaching and principal leadership career over the last thirty years building teacher capacity through the development of learning in the contemporary world, the promotion of flexible learning spaces to meet the needs of the 21st century learner and curriculum for global mindedness. Jake is a leader in the notion of teacher-as-researcher and is widely published in this area, authoring and co-authoring books and a number of journal articles showcasing his experiences and research into leading educational change.

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