I know, I know, I’ve been fairly terrible about blogging during grad school. The truth is that I prefer micro-blogging. Think twitter posts and conversations, long comment threads in facebook groups, and the like.
That said, I want to try to be better about putting things down in blog form this semester.
- I have to post a blog once a week for my practicum seminar anyway. I may import some, as possible.
- I’m taking extensive (paper) notes on each day of practicum. I’m going to have to type them up. May as well share!
- Sharing is caring.
- I want to look back and say “oh yeah, I did that!” not “oh yeah, I wish I had typed up some of those experiences before I forgot them”.
So without any further pontificating…a few things!
- I interact better with the younger age group than I thought I would, honestly. There’s a learning curve on both sides, teacher-to-students and students-to-teacher, but it’s going well so far!
- You know how we talk about teaching “just-in-time” so skills align with activities and projects? Right… well, learning just-in-time works too. Like learning how to use a technological tool 10 minutes before you teach it. Not everything has to be rehearsed, scripted, etc. — there’s a freedom in the land of improv, as well.
- One of the most frustrating things, after “I can’t find a book” is when the question “well, what are you interested in?” is followed up with “I don’t know”. It’s this that I’m still working on – how to respond, how to find common ground, how to help a student determine what their interests are.
- It’s okay that I haven’t jumped on the iPad bandwagon yet, but time will tell if I can continue to hold that view.
- Not having the privileges to update software as needed so that other software/tools can be used causes frustration. Sorry, tech club. 😦
- Wrestling books are COOL, y’all. 😉