Monday, January 23, 2012

How do I learn... the question of the semester!

It has been awhile since I have blogged and I sort of miss it.  I was thinking in class tonight about how I actually do learn.  Thinking back to elementary school - a long time ago, I remember the ways that I reallly did not learn.  The books that I had to re-read over and over again as I got distracted, and really had no interest in at all.  (Not much has changed!)   But those classes where I was challenged to be thoughtful, and creative without the shame of not keeping up with the others.  I learned through the creative outlets - painting to the music of "Peter and the Wolf" in Mrs. Sudlers 2nd grade class,  creating the Indian Pow-Wow and the 1st Chanakuh in Miss Irwins 4th grade class, to finding ways to create headlights in Mr. Rudnicks 6th grade class - these were hands on activities to created meaning in my life.  I hope I am not just waxing nostalgia, but that these memories of early learning can be replicated in my teaching.
      Now to our current class, will I be able to create the high caliber of work I expect of myself while dealing with a remote partner through WIMBA (that truly is a 4 letter word to me)?  I will challenge myself to do my best and pray that the technological challenges take care of themselves before I resort to smoke signals, or my Stress Reduction Kit.  Note: Do not Bang your head on your Monitor - that will increase your stress.