Those of you who have ever seen the TV show ”How I Met Your Mother” will recognize these words. Barney Stinson is one of the most popular characters, and is particularly known for his awesomeness. Personally, I have seen ALL the episodes, and would consider my self a big fan! I therefore became very interested when I came across an article on eLearningIndustry.com about what teachers can learn from Barney Stinson. And I must confess, I would like to be legendary…So here are 5 tips from Mr. Stinson to all teachers out there:
1) Suit up!
Though there is no need to look glamorous in the classroom, “suiting up” can help you approach different situations with confidence, make a good impression on your students and appear professional on the job.
2) The Playbook
Barney´s playbook contains all kinds of tricks and ideas to help him master outrageous cons and situations. Likewise, teachers can create their own playbook by making a collection of good experiences from the classroom, suggestions for solving practical issues and having a source where you can find back-up ideas when pressed for time.
3) Go online
Keep up with technology, use the Internet as a resource and try out different tools with your students. As Barney would say: “New is always better” (though that might be debatable).
4) Mix it up!
Try different approaches to the topics at hand, and fight boredom and repetition.
5) Be awesome!
“The only person who can show the world how awesome you are is YOU!”
Need some more inspiration on how to be awesome? See what Kid President has to say about the matter:
«The world needs you to stop being boring. Yeah, YOU! Boring is easy, everybody can be boring. But you gooder than that!»
THE TIME TO BE AWESOME IS NOW!