Day 109 (of 184) Are we following recipes or creating them?
This was the question posed to me (via radio) on my commute home. And in education I see there being a time we as educators (and for our learners) to be doing a bit of each. At times following a path already laid out by experts that have worked their way through the field before, and then at other times, foraging new paths.
But I still see a strong connection to passions….but not necessarily forged in areas of expertise. While my training is a specialization in language arts (and being a teacher librarian) many of my best forays into differentiation, learning-outcome focused varied assessments using only descriptive feedback (another teacher and I challenged each other) and creating new pathways were grounded in numeracy (and my proudly interesting Recreational Mathematics). While I should’ve been more comfortable with one key subject, it was another that I felt ‘more free’ to mix around.
In the kitchen, I have long perfected my pizza dough recipe – learning it from my mom but mastering and improving it. In this realm I happily create and play with the recipe.
Ask me to bake a cake and I follow the recipe on the box line by line. From scratch? This is a time I go to the textbook.
Thank goodness Im not a baker – though if I did, I assume (had I had the passion) I’d probably have a few recipes understood well enough to start ….. disrupting the preset plan.
And while once upon a time I liked the use of an up to date textbook (I have a double major linking English with History) times have changed and so have I.
Trying something new, like quantum geography or French cuisine, follow a guidebook to start. Once you can manipulate chaos theory or whip up a coq au vin after a staff meeting day….time to make your own recipes!
Don’t be afraid to experiment and take some chances in the school day. Sometimes a fried egg becomes scrambled eggs, sometimes an omelet. Depends what you put into it!