This week, our colleagues in the #kinderchat #Kinderblog13 Challenge are asked to brag a bit, to tell something about themselves that is special. I have a few ideas running around in my head but I will limit myself to one important one. It’s not that I am super special but I can see some traits that serve me well in the classroom and out.
I LOVE to learn! I seek out opportunities for learning and explore communities online to find nuggets or gems to add to my bag of skills and tricks. This involves a certain amount of risk taking and that’s another cool quality to own.
Being a professional means staying on top of the craft as well as the science. By following great folks on Twitter and by curating blog posts for Scoop.it/Kindergarten, I come across loads of great ideas every day and they invariably help me see my job in a new light. As an active member of my communities, I pass on much of what has appealed to me.
This summer I am participating in #CLMOOC, a Google+ community of education minded folks. The community is encouraging teachers on all ends of the tech spectrum to learn more about their own practice and demonstrating new tools for sharing our thinking.
I am also completing another MOOC through Stanford University, How To Teach Math. That one is full of reflections and peer sharing. I love the pace of it and the way the developers have blended videos with reflection almost seamlessly. I highly recommend this one.
Question:If you wanted to take on this new evidence on brain growth and ability, how would it change what you do?Response
I will approach student learning with a clearer understanding that the students’ brains need to be exercised more. Not by drills but by discerning where they are in the learning path, and by targeting instruction to shore up the weak areas of their foundations. It will give them more connections for future learning and understanding. This does not need to apply only to math but to other subjects as well such as reading.
Learning new things? – yep, that’s what I am good at.