Category: #YourEduStory

100th Post means 100 Words

100th Post means 100 Words

Define “learning” in 100 words or less.

It’s funny how life works out. This is my 100th blog post on this site and this weeks topic for #YourEduStory requires 100 words. Instead of writing a paragraph I thought I would just do a stream of consciousness list of what comes to mind when I think of learning.  So without further ado here you go.

Learning is: 

Fun
Messy
Full of failure
Exciting
Physically Challenging
Mentally Challenging
Rewarding
Worth the struggle.
Personal
Collaborative
Motivating
Connected
A never ending process
Different for everyone
Accomplishing a goal
Reading
Experiencing
Compare and Contrasting situations
Dynamic not Static
Doing
Necessary to survive
Constantly evolving
Different than it was when I was a kid.
Will be different for my daughter when she grows up.
Different for every person
A daily occurrence
Scary
Loud
Inspiring
A family affair
Involves taking risks
Requires you to step out of your comfort zone and engage in activities that make you uncomfortable
Demanding
Driven by passion to succeed

A Ha!

A Ha!

“What is the best thing you do in your classroom/school/district/job?”

I really like my job right now so choosing the best part of it was hard. My favorite part of my current job is the same as my old job. When I was in the classroom I loved it when my students had an A Ha Moment. The A Ha moment is the moment when everything finally clicks. We have all faced it and at some point overcome it. I lived for those moments when everything finally clicked in their head and they finally figured it out. It reminded me why I went into education in the first place.

Even though I don’t get to interact with my students as much in my current position I still get to see the a ha moment with the adults on my campus. It’s tons of fun to watch as my teachers grow and finally figure out how to tackle the challenges they face in their classroom.

The Doc and the Moff

The Doc and the Moff

“How are you, or is your approach, different than your favorite teacher?”

In high school my two favorite teachers were Dr. Horner and Mr. Moffatt. Dr. Horner was my 11th grade English teacher and Mr. Moffat was my 7th grade math, 9th grade Computer Skills, 12th Grade Computer Graphics, and Computer Tech teacher.  Both of them have had a huge influence on how I view teaching. Dr. Horner instilled the importance of project based learning. Mr. Moffatt influenced how I looked at technology as a teaching tool. Both have influenced the way that I interact with students and my colleagues. I owe a lot to both men.

So how am I different from them? I’ll admit I struggled with this question. I think the main difference between us is in how I approached lesson planning. When I was Dr. Horner and Mr. Moffatt’s student the internet was still in it’s infancy. In fact our computer lab had restricted access and we had to learn how to code in html. This meant that both the Doc and the Moff had to rely on text books. Both did their best to supplement the textbook but ultimately the textbook was the guide. My approach was always different. I looked at the learning goal and then used the textbook was a resource not the be all end all of education. If both the Doc and the Moff were still teaching today I’m sure that they would view their lessons as well.