June 01, 2020
What I'm Learning in a K-12 School

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In the past two and a half years, I've spent a total of six months working in a very dynamic Islamic school in Australia. It's been the most rewarding work experience of my life. Here are 25 things I've learned so far:

1. Intrinsic motivation is the key
2. Awakening the thirst for learning is the essence of real education
3. Assuming the best in others changes the game
4. Less is more
5. The more students enjoy learning, the more they learn

6. You can capture attention without turning students into prisoners
7. A teacher's first responsibility is to have an uncluttered mind
8. Students need to be teachers. Teachers need to be students.
9. The classroom is not the only place where learning happens
10. Without trust, fuggedaboutit

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11. Education is not about information. It's about transformation.
12. Storytelling is a teacher's most powerful tool
13. Teaching is a calling, not a job
14. Allow a little more time and space. Or a lot more.
15. Most meetings under-deliver

16. Walking the talk is the real pilgrimage. The destination? Here!
17. Every moment is an opportunity to learn
18. Teachers and students both need more acknowledgment
19. Inside of every student is a genius. Find a way to find it.
20. Fear, anxiety, and busyness are the enemies of education

21. Teachers need to adapt to their student's learning styles
22. Less homework, more play
23. When school is fun, behavior problems fade away
24. Learn rhymes with yearn. Teach rhymes with reach.
25. Einstein on education

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