Because I am tired, it is basically the last day of Thanksgiving break, and I just want to get this off my chest - I am condensing the last three points into one post. Yes.
4. Teaching is about finding the sweet and tender balance amidst insane chaos
Don't ask me how to obtain the balance, but feel free to ask me about the insane chaos.
brute instinct earlier this year).
At this point I am not balanced, and I am trying to figure out how to get away from my basal instincts when faced with the extraordinary everyday challenges of teaching.
5. Educational technology is cool, but is it possible the field is turning a blind eye to the biggest issues?
Contrary to what I have thought in the past, I feel there are much larger and important issues in education than the next technology or learning theory. Poverty is the underlying issue for at least a quarter of American children. Is it possible that while we are learning how to teach students in virtual worlds, or use blogs and flipped classrooms to increase engagement and interactivity, we are just contributing to the opportunity gap that already stands between poor and rich kids?
At my school we do lots of computerized tests. Cool, it saves time! Not so cool, many of my kids don't know how to use a mouse properly.
I was delighted to find a host of amazing online resources when I started at my job, but then discovered that many of my students don't have access to the Internet at home.
It seemed like if we just had a growth mindset and went to work, then that well-researched concept would create some good results, and then I realized just my own mindset isn't enough to change 23+ in just a few months.
Do we have the responsibility to enable students in poverty to learn in the same ways and at the same rates as those who aren't?
6. Continued raw failure is the essential attribute of true learning
I have never failed so hard, so frequently, and so publicly in my life. I was not prepared for it, which made the descent down to mental, spiritual, and emotional turmoil much more difficult. Currently I am trying to allow my failures to teach me, rather than define me.
Perhaps the hardest and most bitter element of my daily inability to reach the level I yearn for is the impact of my short comings on my students.