Sorry about the ghost post, something went terrible wrong when I tried to publish yesterday. Anyway…
Is it possible that the blur of school is on us already? I don’t mean school itself, I mean the endless cycle of Monday, garbage day, Friday, NFL game, Monday…I am guilty. I have a fascination with crossing off dates. But sometimes that’s not good enough. I cross off months, weeks, days, and I even find myself crossing off class periods. You can become so consumed with time that time dictates your teaching.
How will I fill this time? Where will I find the time? Let’s not do that because there is not enough time. You and your students could be missing out on great experiences when teaching becomes consumed with time. My unqualified advice, let go. It will get done or it won’t. The odds of deep understanding are actually better if you fully explore an idea than if you scratch the surface of 100. If you model the thinking and learning process well, then you can put ownership of the rest of the content into their hands.
That said, I want to be better this year. I myself want to let go of education being a function of time. I want to be a more thoughtful, more reflective learner and I hope by being conscious of that, I will help others around me do the same.
Have a great year,
I’ll tell you the Russian story next time I get a moment to type. It has to do with 21st century tech and one student placed here in good ol’ DuBois PA, that only speaks Russian. Let the wackiness ensue.