Refer to everything you do as a “best practice.” For example, when you photocopy a random New York Times op-ed ten minutes before class and ask your students to “relate it to the reading,” that is a best practice. Also, using a green board marker if there are no black ones left.
Always professorsplain what a best practice is. Otherwise, everyone may not be aware of how innovative you’re being.
If anyone asks why your lesson constitutes a best practice, say it “aligns with national best practices.”
Use the flipped classroom technique by having your colleagues define best practices. Asking your peers to do work, instead of responding to their questions politely and articulately, is a great way to ensure everyone is demonstrating critical thinking.
Emphasize how many initiatives everyone needs to attend to learn how to teach with best practices. Data consistently show that mandatory all-day initiatives create a sense of workplace wellness.
Use the word “initiative” whenever possible.
At the end of any initiative, spend half an hour past the scheduled end time figuring out the date for the next initiative.
Distribute a survey asking everyone to reflect on which best practices they think are the best. This will give you material to write an article called “Best Best Practices Practices” in the Journal of Best Practices Studies.
Instead of focusing on your teaching, spend the next seven years revising and resubmitting your article for publication in the Journal of Best Practices Studies.