Here's part two of my three #SOL17 posts reflecting on the teaching qualities of three Hogwarts professors. A podcast titled "Teach Like They Do at Hogwarts," created by Chuck Poole (@cpoole27) at Teachonomy.com described three qualities and challenged teachers to reflect on the qualities within themselves.
I think McGonagall is such a great teaching archetype because she doesn't make the mistake of being her students' friend. She is clearly their teacher, their protector, and their mentor. In the muggle world, Professor McGonagall wouldn't be friends with her students on social media. But she would care for them, care about them, and help them learn to care about themselves and the world around them. This is the kind of teacher I continually strive to be.
The podcaster that inspired this post hit my 5th graders on the head perfectly when he said that students crave "a balance of freedom and routine, of discipline and choice, of consequence and mercy." The question is, which side do I fall on? Am I more lenient, or more of a disciplinarian? I think the latter, but only a little bit. So, being even more inspired by Minerva McGonagall than ever, I'll jump on that balance beam and strive to move slightly more toward center, show my students a little more mercy, kindness, and respect.