Welcome to Teaching for Today, my name is Tysheka Harris. I am currently a Math Instructional Coach in Houston, Texas, and I have a huge passion for growing professionally and sharing my knowledge with colleagues, students, and parents. I graduated from Texas A&M University, in College Station, with my bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies and masters in Curriculum and Instruction. Yes, in case you’ve heard through the grapevines, I am 25 years old. It’s okay, take a deep breath.
Here are some frequently asked questions-
Where did you get your blog name from?
Teaching for Today stems from my personal commitment to use the resources from yesterday to teach the children of today, collaborate with the teachers of today, and be the best teacher for today.
What will I gain from this website?
You can expect to gain insight on two things from my website: (1) My personal journey of teaching in the schools of today and (2) Instructional math resources I use to reach the students of today.
Why did you start a blog?
Upon speaking with colleagues, presenting at engagements, overseeing district professional developments, and having informal conversations with peers- I realized one thing: Educators are hooked on yesterday. It is hard to let go of how we used to learn, how schools operated when we were students, how students behaved during the good ole’ days, and the involvement of parents compared to what we see now. Through my stories and instructional materials, I hope to shine light on the value in yesterday being used as a resource and adopting the movement of today. Our students are not a representative of what most educators were in school; therefore, we have to grow and move with the vibes of today.
What is the significance of today and yesterday?
The term, today, represents current instructional practices that effectively engages and stimulates the minds of our students. The term, yesterday, refers to traditional practices and ways of thinking.
How do you engage your students?
I know every single one of my students. When I say “know them,” I mean I literally know them (strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes). I support them at their extra-curricular activities. I communicate with their parents regularly. I force myself to listen to their interesting music. We have dialogue. They trust me. They know me. They know I’m a youngin’ who is fully invested in their academic success and personal growth. We have a connection. The answer is through relationships! If I did not take the time to learn my students as individuals before teaching them content, two things would happen: (1) I would fail at teaching them because I would not be able to relate the content to their reality (today). (2) They would fail at learning because they would not know I care about them as humans- first.