Day 25 (of 188) Classroom disorganization
Is a little bit of chaos a good thing? Is a lot of chaos better? The challenge of being a classroom with a teaching principal is that chaos happens.
Sometimes the partner teacher gets a full-time offer and a second round of interviews gets to happen (tomorrow) after a slight delay in reposting…and the students get very curious about who they get to learn with…
Sometimes students get to see that ‘getting the right answer’ isn’t what I want to see: in Self Organized Learning Environments such as todays on “salmon” (we live 15 minutes from the Adams River Salmon Run: http://www.salmonsociety.com ) the focus is on authentic learning, not regurgitating words found on a website…..right or wrong.
Sometimes its changes in the schedule that moves #geniushour from monday to tuesday (you wouldn’t think it would be that big of a deal, but apparently it is!)
Sometimes it’s being a group of guinea pigs – exploring a concept of “deep play” during PE: https://www.nytimes.com/books/first/a/ackerman-play.html and how that impacts self-regulation (so far, anecdotally, big difference from last year for students)
Sometimes it’s modelling to the rest of the learning community that risk-taking is okay….by the students and the teachers….and ‘fails’ are okay…it’s all part of learning until it makes you ‘quit’.
Sometimes it’s looking past what sometimes appears disorganized for the community within the learning community that exists!
But really….who gets to be my partner teacher? one more sleep…