When I saw his Twitter handle, @theweirdteacher, I had to check him out, and I’m so glad I did.
I found Doug sharing some great advice about student motivation on his Youtube channel. I’ve embedded the video below.
On the podcast, Doug offers some amazing insights on classroom safety, and how we as teachers need to make sure that our classrooms are places where students feel OK to fail. He tells his students, “If you’re never wrong, I have no job.”
He also emphasizes the importance of building relationships with students. He says that any kind of learning can happen if those relationships are built.
“Amazing teachers smile.”
Doug shares that many times teachers have to be actors. “Teaching is so much a performance art.” Kids cannot see you in a bad mood. According to Doug, if a teacher is in a bad mood, kids will think that it is their fault.
I had a blast speaking with Doug.
He is truly a “Bombastic rock star front man of a never-ending education funk machine!”
I know you will enjoy the podcast.
Thank you again for spreading the word about The Amazing Teacher Podcast.