Tuesday, March 27, 2018

My Brain is Energized! - #SOL18 - 3/27/18

**I'm so grateful to the #SOL community for welcoming me each and every time I post a slice. Thank you so very much to the team at Two Writing Teachers for coordinating and hosting this slicing community for the entire month of March for the Slice of Life Challenge. You all rock!!**

*During this year's challenge, my plan is to reflect on a slice of my life from that day, or the day before, and write about it. No theme to tie my writing together this year, no plans ahead of time.  Just glimpses into slices of my days. Not having a plan is a very uncomfortable place for me, both as a person and a writer, so fingers crossed for the 4 remaining days!

Today, I went to Capital University, for a meeting with Dan, a faculty member in the technology department. He was bringing me up to date with the new platform I would need to use to communicate with students when my summer semester class begins in May.

As I worked with Dan and after, two thoughts were percolating in my brain:

1) I love learning. All different types of learning.
I've always had a passion for it. Being a learner energizes and enriches me as a professional and a person. Today, as I drove away from campus, I left feeling totally jazzed. My brain was firing on all cylinders, and it was exciting stuff.

2) When learning something new, I need to do, not just be told what to do.
When Dan was introducing the new platform to me, he kept demonstrating on his computer how to do it. He clicked this, then he clicked that, then this, then that... you get the picture. I had to slow him down, pull out my laptop, and have him watch as I tried to replicate some of the work he had shown. When that happened, with his guidance and scaffolding, I was able to achieve success with the tasks.

I'm really looking forward to teaching summer semester, but as I reflect on my own learning today, I will continue to look at all learners (student, pre-service teachers, adults) with whom  I work with different eyes, knowing that they have specific needs as learners as well.


  1. Oh, this takes me back to when my son would try to show me how to do things on the computer. I always insisted that I "drive" the mouse (back in the days before touchpads). It's always eye-opening to sit for a bit in the learner's seat, isn't it? Thanks for showing us that guidance and scaffolding are the key to success.

  2. Like you, I love learning. But like you, I also learn much better when I can DO. And then come home and apply it. If I don't use it right away, I forget! Almost immediately! I wonder why, then, we think kids would be any different!

  3. Is the university moving to Canvas? I know a lot of them have started to migrate to that LMS. We use Canvas in our district and I love it for our district coaches' hub. When I was at OSU taking a class, our professor used it in such an interesting way. The class was a blended course with some in class time and some out of class time. I loved the way she organized and brought everything together in that space. I can't wait to hear more about this.

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  5. Well stated! I really enjoyed this post because just the other day, I found myself having to learn at new app that I had to utilize in the classroom. I could hardly keep up with the instructions. I am not a person who can just listen and learn, I have to "do" and become part of what is happening. All hands-on. I too try to remember that all of my students learn differently and sometimes we as teachers need to be reminding of that as well. Again, thank you.

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