Tackling Darcy’s list, number 4

A colleague sent me the link to this blog by Darcy Moore. A quick read through, and I feel pretty good about the list. However, I think I will tackle them one at a time, in no particular order. After all, I am trying to blog every day and I am always looking for things to think and write about.

Here’s what Darcy wrote:

I have never had a parent ask me any of the questions listed below, except, perhaps, the one about ‘happiness’ in a number of guises. I wish someone would.

How would your child’s teachers fare if asked these questions:

1. What is your educational philosophy?

2. How are you assisting our child to become a self-directed learner?

3. What professional reading are you undertaking at the moment?

4. What are you reading for fun?

5. How do you use technology as a tool to leverage learning in the classroom?

6. What online resources have you created for your class?

7. How do you assist students to learn about digital citizenship?

8. What professional networks and associations are you involved with regularly?

9. What observations can you offer about our child’s happiness at school?

10. What reflections can you make about our child’s growth as a learner and citizen this year?

I am really tired tonight, so I am going to take the easy one first. (I’ll regret this, since I am sure I will have days when I am more tired.)

4. What are you reading for fun?

Not much gets read for fun during the school year. I consider fun in this context to mean content I am reading even though it is NOT connected to the curriculum I am teaching. Because I teach Social Studies and English, I am always looking for texts to support essential questions and units.

I have to say, though, that I have lots of fun reading anyway. Lately, I read Twitter, and all the links it brings me to. I guess that answers parts of numbers 8 and 4 as well, because I follow educators on Twitter and get to read their blogs, their ideas, their conversations, their links to news stories. I visit Twitter the way I used to visit Facebook. Several times a day.

When I do read, I listen. I have a membership to Audible books. That way, I can do laundry, do the dishes, make dinner, walk the dog. Free, lay on the couch, stuff my nose in a book time is hard to come by. I cracked open an actual, real novel that someone had left in the staff room yesterday while I was waiting for my family to come and meet me for dinner. I had a blast of…NOSTALGIA! Sheesh, this has gone on too long. I set a goal to read a real book, and not let the internet drag me away.

Recently, I listened to all of Lian Hearn’s Tales of the Otori series, because I am teaching the Middle Ages. They were good, especially in audio. Always in search of YA literature, I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I recommend both.

I started but stalled on The Dovekeepers. That one was just for me. I need to get back to it.

Really, there is no way to separate what I read for fun and what I read for school. I do have to say that Twitter has become less -fun- with all the nonsense that is going on. It will pass. I have faith. I may be wrong.

Of course, I could be reading during the commercials instead of blogging, but hey.

Great Teachers are Great Learners

Great Teachers Are Great Learners – AITSL from Innovation Unit on Vimeo.

I am not sure that I find keeping my mind open tiring day after day. It energizes me. Sometimes I am frustrated by the lack of time to implement the things I would like.

What has really helped me out in the past is to engage in direct, planned, structured collaboration. This year I am doing another inquiry question with a colleague through the Networks of Inquiry and Innovation. I am really excited about that. Some great collaborating will happen. Structured deadlines are critical so intentions and ideas don’t get shoved to the bottom of an ever-expanding to-do list. Not to mention a messy desk. Looking forward to structured collaboration time in the timetable, as well.