Tuesday, August 18, 2009

update on new tricks

The way class was conducted this morning really matched my learning style. I could read and reread at my own pace and then when I was ready (when my confidence was up) I could go ahead at my own speed and try new things. Holly and Henry are great seat mates as I tend to talk myself through things when I am learning something new. They have been very patient and helpful! I will go home and play with this RSS thing.

I will have to be careful about filling the RSS feed with too many interesting things! I am thinking I will have to put in what is relevant and important to me as a teacher and personally. Figuring out what is important as opposed to what is interesting; hmmmmm, sounds like what I am always trying to teach my reading students.

So far so good. It is good for me to be a learner again; especially right before school starts.


  1. Well said Deb--what is important vs. what is interesting! I find this so overwhelming that it's ALL interesting! How to filter?

  2. It's a way to jump start our brains for the start of school . . . we need a way to get back into the swing of things, and what better way than to be learners ourselves :)

  3. My pleasure to help. After all, we are all in the same boat so I have to keep you paddling in the right direction for the greater good.
    A lot of good stuff to think about just before we start up a new year.

  4. Working together...what a great idea. How can we teach kids to become skilled at that, Deb? Look how important it is!

  5. It has been fun watching you, Holly, and Henry collaborate. You make a great team of learners. Steve and I also are modeling some teaching methods in a 1-to-1 environment: group work combined with individual exploration; hands on; time to dig deeply and play with new learning, etc. I am glad it is working for you.