Day 8: Quote for the Day

“There is no such thing as “wrong.” There is only that which does not serve you.”
– The New Revelations by Neale Donald Walsch

This quote makes the think about my choices and the choices of my students. If we truly believe that learning is a process- a journey- then this quote rings true. Nothing we or our students do is wrong… it is just a question of three principles:

  • (1) functionality (instead of morality)– whether something worked or did not work based on what you were trying to be or do. Did your choice produce the result/outcome/experience that you wanted? This is what works or doesn’t work versus right or wrong.
  • (2) adaptability (instead of justice)– if something is not working for you, you make a change or find a new way. Did you make an adjustment to go on in a way that works for you? This is correction instead of punishment.
  • (3) sustainability (instead of ownership)-things are placed in your care; they are not your possessions to do with as you please. Can you maintain long-term balance or growth in your life/classroom/etc.? This is about being stewards versus having certain “rights” over what you think you possess.

When we take the judgement out the equation, we are free to see what is the “best” path to take us to where we want to go or who we want to be. Change is easier to accept and not so personal and stressful.

Just ask yourself these three questions:

  • Is this working for me?
  • Is there a more direct way to where I want to go?
  • Can I keep this up over time?

Day #7: Professional Book (cont.)

Well, this book took me two days to finish… but it was chock full of ideas and how to focus on learning instead of teaching.

A few (I use this term loosely…) key points from Antonetti & Garver (in day two) that really resonated with me were…

  • Competition is only engaging when you have a pretty good chance of winning.
  • Learning with Others without Personal Response is just a matter of taking turns.
  • The action of posting an objective prior to anticipatory set often reduces students’ flexibility and depth of thinking- along with levels of student volunteerism- as the learners try to guess the teacher’s predetermined answer.
  • Introduce strategies outside of the content area and with ideas familiar to students before attempting to use it with new learning.
  • Content differentiation has three components: (1) concept, (2) skill, and (3) vehicle. Concepts should not be differentiated; however, the vehicle should be differentiated to make the concepts more accessible to all students.
  • Personal Response is about making a connection. Choice is about control. With Personal Response, you get to decide your answer to the question. With Choice, you get to decide the question.
  • Build individual thinkers, not just repeaters.
  • To facilitate the learning of 28 different students, a teacher does not need to become 28 teachers. Rather, the work he or she plans should allow the 28 students to own their own learning.
  • Assessment distinguishes between teaching and learning. Assessment for learning (formative) versus assessment of learning (summative)
  • RTI (Response to Intervention)… should it be RTI (Response to Instruction)?
  • Efficient versus effective dichotomy: What I can do quickly and proficiently may not lead to the deepest and most long-lasting results.
  • Closure is a final moment of Personal Response.

The authors have referenced so many great thinkers/teachers/researchers (i.e. Schlechty- 8 (originally 12 standards) engaging work qualities, Carol Ann Tomlinson, Madeline Hunter, Richard Stiggins, etc.).

You can try and check out the archived webinar from ASCD here. I really enjoyed it!

Day #5: Sunday

Sunday is my favorite day of the week.
It is time for me to sleep in and sometimes stay in my pjs- all day.
It is time for me to catch up on laundry and cleaning, paying the bills, and other responsibilities that I haven’t been able to get to.
It is time for me to try something new in the kitchen.
It is time for me to spend time with family.
It is time for me to curl up on the couch and read a great book.

Sundays are the days that I like to reflect on my life.
I like to think about the week that just past and the week that I will start on Monday.
Am I still heading in the same direction? What do I need to focus on? What important things or people do I need to devote more of my time and energy to?
It is time for me to take time.