Day 13 (of 184) implement like a pirate
Arrrgh. On international “talk like a pirate day” we stated the day with a pirate joke. We start every day with a joke – and a breathing break.
Implementing this new announcement strategy had a few hiccups. We found that our first runs at the start if the day (and repeating the breathing break after lunch) was happening too fast: before the Kindys can get their shoes off. We now wait a minute before modelling mindful breathing and the sharing such classics as:
How did re pirate get to work?
In his carrrgh!
He had to travel farrrrrgh!
Implementing technology (one of our school goals) continues – with digital projectors, DVD/VHS players, and sound systems in each room. Next will be time for some in-service and the goal is for that to be personalize. I know some need me to just let ’em go and others will want 1:1 step by step instruction – and I know everyone is willing to help each other leant and troubleshoot as best we can!
Our implementation of a model self regulation classroom also has some ups and downs. There are a wide variety of tools available for students to use to help them refocus and/or stay focused – however there are so many available that it has been easy for many students to see and treat the tools as toys…. But we are being patient and allowing for this ‘exploration’ and (ironically) the sensory overload caused by all the self regulation strategies!
Even in the extra-curricular world we are experiencing some ‘bumps in the road’ while implementing football plays with a team that has a significant number of first time footballers. We know there will be ups and downs, successes and let downs, and most importantly regular descriptive feedback that makes up an important part of a feedback loop – which is key to check on learning, understanding, and mastery of key skills (and plays).
There is a reason why we practice first. Practice and prepare for the dreaded implementation dip so that each day we do better, we feel more confident, and we experience intrinsic success in learning. Practice is ‘hard’ so that playing with the learned skill can be ‘fun’!