“It’s not necessary to be perfect in order to be good”. Master teacher, Jodi Rice, joins me on the podcast to talk about this idea, especially in the English classroom.
Jodi is a bit of a celebrity in my books who just so happens to teach with me at The Bishop Strachan School. Through her active online presence and role on the College Board, Jodi has been a leader in the AP community and is currently teaching AP English for Grade 11 students, and an online course, “Challenge and Change”.
Advanced Placement is a program run by the College Board (the makers of the SAT) that allows you to take courses at your high school, which can earn you college credit and/or qualify you for more advanced classes when you begin college.
I invited Jodi on the show to share her strategy for how she helps students actually digest their feedback in her English classes and how her very do-able strategy helps young people take responsibility for their learning. Jodi’s system can make your report card writing easier, your parent-teacher conferences more productive, and your students more self-reflective learners. We also touch on the ways that she helps students in her English class manage perfectionism.
Speaking of perfectionism, I’m going to be straight with you and acknowledge that this conversation was only my 11th recorded interview. If you have been listening from the very beginning, you will know that I am wholeheartedly embracing the steep learning curve that is starting a podcast. That said, after recording this conversation, I was disheartened to realize that the sound on my mic was not picking up my voice, so I will sound a little echo-y in this episode. I totally had the impulse to just beg Jodi to re-record this one with me, but I’m embracing this idea that “good is better than perfect” and just sharing this episode anyway. Hashtag growth mindset y’all.
Now let’s jump right in to my dining room conversation with the brilliant Jodi Rice.