Day 70 (of 186) so….are you Mr Landy?
Always a loaded question when in public. Even more so when out at a staff get together….in public….
There have been good moments (a shout from across a random Tim Horton’s on a road trip by a student from a few years earlier remains a highlight. But constant hellos in Walmart and around town have my own kids pointing out that not every educator gets public shoutouts like that (they even confess to avoiding certain people at certain times…)
So it’s always an interesting time to respond to the confirming “are you Mr Landy”
Because I’m the place where
Cursive comes to die (I prefer focusing on content and will let learners write print type or draw to get their message out)
Spelling lists are relics of a bygone era (building words and focusing on common letter combos still a focus but in game formats)
Homework is meant to be replaced by family time (or if wanted, read a book, write a journal and/or play a math game) – unless I need info from families for bigger projects – but then it’s the parents who need to do the work – and science fair projects don’t count!!!
So it’s a relief when more and more often I get a “thank you” because their child is enjoying school (or tonight’s comment: I wish I was a student in your classroom) because I am:
Anxiety aware (maybe hyper aware)
Focused on differentiation
Embed technology everywhere
Focused on experiencing many strategies (from voice to text to solving 1 math Q 10 ways rather than 10 Qs the same way)
Focused on collaboration rather than group work (though there is overlap at times)
Focused on ensuring my class is ready to learn rather than forcing the learning because of an artificial time requirement
Using descriptive feedback loops to ensure students have a focused “smart” goal to work towards
So while I know I’ll get hellos from kids of all ages (because even though I don’t teach them all, I often “steal” classes – not always preplanned – for a bit of highjinks – Santa Snaps/sphero tag etc) I know I have to feel better about the parents saying hi because what I was doing that was once so radical is now being seen as working for all learners – (to misquote the grinch) it came without checkmarks. It came without quizzes. It came without testing marking or grades!Learning came all the same! Perhaps Learning means a little bit more!