Day 26 (of 186) #IMMOOC post – I used to, now I….
This blog prompt from the ongoing #IMMOOC resonates with me a great deal….in large part because I have opened doors that I can’t close, such as:
How I view and work with mental wellness challenges such as Anxiety – this has evolved more since my own son was diagnosed with this as well: https://technolandy.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/day-150-of-188-my-anxiety-rant-edited-continued-blog4mh-anxiety/
Not putting checkmarks or %s or Xs etc on student work; when I shifted to descriptive feedback (and started in math!!) it opened doors on intrinsically motivated formative assessment that led me directly into using eportfolios to communicate student learning – rather than reporting on task completion via report cards. https://technolandy.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/sol-9-i-learned-i-dont-want-a-faster-horse/
Focusing more on “free play” during gym time; there is still some direct instruction during some themes (ie volleyball) but when I started to move to more ‘free time’ I saw kids moving more and being more active….but it’s not always easy: https://technolandy.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/day-176-of-184-free-deep-play/
Recently I’ve been focusing more on quality rather than quantity when it comes to math tasks – including a ‘reversing’ of time as a ‘motivator’ for math: today I gave a diagnostic assignment with many questions on it, but a finite amount of time for them until it ‘went away’ – emphasizing that I don’t care about how many questions they complete, but which ones they pick to answer (and which ones they identify as ‘complicated’) in the time we have until recess…..and instead of using recess as a threat (taking it away), recess becomes their “release” – and the activity shifts to be more of a challenge than a lot of questions that ‘have’ to be answered’.
I’ve also shifted how I ask questions – specifically I will start prompting questions for our SOLE (Self Organized Learning Environment) friday activity earlier in the week. “Homework” becomes the brain thinking, connecting and synthesizing the topic over a number of days rather than a short pre-think and “go”!
What I really appreciate about two key “twitter-originated-pro-d” activities I am doing is how they are making me reflect with a bit more focus, on how I have evolved as an educator – so if you are enjoying this seasons #IMMOOC and how it is making you think about why and how you do what you do, give some consideration to checking out A Classroom of One by @theweirdteacher https://www.amazon.ca/Classroom-One-Doug-Robertson-ebook/dp/B075JSQ3W9/ref=sr_1_sc_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1507829532&sr=8-3-spell&keywords=doug+roberston (focused on his work with student teacher/teacher candidates) a book that has me asking some questions about what/why I am doing what I’m doing in my classroom this year…..and what we might be aiming to do different(iated)ly next!