Great educators know how to be responsive in the moment, adjust on a dime, and demonstrate “with it” teaching. So much of teaching involves microscopic moves that ripple into bigger effects. How do you respond to student mistakes during class discussion? What about when the conversation turns (and it will) in an unexpected direction? How do you pull students back in when they start to tune out? When you notice some students get it while others are confused, how do you meet everyone’s needs? A few minutes into your lesson plan you realize it’s not going to work; how do you shift gears with derailing the day? Dissect a moment of your teaching and tell us why you did what you did, and what you learned from it.
ASCD Express is looking for 600–1,000-word essays or brief multimedia content on the theme “Teaching in the Moment.” Guidelines for submissions are here; please send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1, 2016.