From the blog
As an Instructional Specialist – Motivation 8.3:
Regarding last week, I felt like I said, ‘I don’t know’ more than I was able to help! However, on a positive note, I’m quite sure I said that WAY LESS than I did this time last year!
It is often our fallback to focus on the frustrating, the negative, the unknown. I am living that full-tilt with my son that just went off to college for the first time. He is struggling with seeing a bigger picture since he is consumed with the “issue of the day.” I fell right into that trap with him. After a weekend to process and reflect a bit, I see with clarity what my son and I were doing–we were focusing on the challenges and the negatives. I had to remind him that he WILL find what he LOOKS FOR…oh, yeah, I had to remind myself of that as well.
The hectic pace of a new school year brings with it a load of new processes, new laws, new routines, and, of course, new students. The challenges are front & center.
So, as we start the second half of the fall semester with our students and co-workers, let’s LOOK FOR the GOOD; let’s look for the POSITIVE. If we do that, I bet that is just what we will find.
As an Instructional Specialist #9.1:
People my age tend to brag on how we got through high school or college without the internet, just as our grandparents were quick to share their stories of walking through the snow to school. Our response to the older generation was always along the lines of, “Well, now that you don’t have to, why would anyone walk in the snow!?” Today’s younger population now tells us, “Well, if you don’t have to, why would you suffer without the internet as a resource!?” Both sides of these two stories have a solid point.
The working world has shifted in many ways…as has life in general. We don’t need to memorize everything any longer. First of all, positions are so specialized now-a-days that it is impossible to “know it all.” And, more importantly, we have resources literally at our fingertips from which to gain information. No doubt that there are many things we need to memorize and know quickly in order to utilize the other information; however, it is still a shift in perspective.
Now let’s think about input and output. For input–we must teach students HOW to utilize the technology and HOW to know what is valid and true. We must teach students WHERE and WHAT to research in order to answer the question or solve the problem. Students must be taught WHY they need to know what we are teaching (I’m not sure this is new though!) Students must also be exposed to video and podcast and vlogs, etc. Information does not only come to us via encyclopedias, microfiche, textbooks and novels. I surely just aged myself. Wait, what about output? We all grew up memorizing and reciting a classic poem and writing and presenting a narrative story. Students today must learn how to communicate on several platforms and to a variety of people, possibly even global audiences.
So, let’s remember that the old way is not the best way any longer. We must embrace communication and internet resources as part of our student preparation!