I spent my birthday presenting to innovative educators. While I’m not pleased with the pick of Secretary of Education, I am thankful to have spent the day surrounded by educators innovating and making a difference.
Today, I hosted a panel of area developers for our school’s celebration of the hour of code. Unfortunately, no one showed up – no students, staff, or parents. It was a large disappointment in my efforts to bring new forms of education to the school. While I am still disappointed, I am determined to continuing trying. That’s the nature of education, right?
Today, I spent the day making and learning by making. Though I’ve been a longtime believer in learning by making, I enjoyed spending time doing what I believe. Takeaways: Why do we teach the Haiku and not question it, but we question teaching programming in schools? If you teach English, be writers, don’t just learn about writing. If you teach science, be scientists. Be rather than do.
Today, I hosted our first of two October monthly maker parties. The focus: custom shoes and duct tape costumes/accessories. Today was the middle school students’ turn so I was welcomed with plenty of enthusiasm to go around. With the excitement and creativity, my enthusiasm runneth over.
Today, I set up my first classroom in 6 years. Though I share the classroom with other teachers so it is not entirely my own, it felt reminiscent of times ago. And, though, my original classroom days were rife with difficulties, I’m thankful for them and the kids who made me a better learner – not just a better a teacher.