Perhaps, it is because I am the son of an engineer or for some other reason I like to think of myself as a builder, but I enjoy constructing things with students as I inhabit the space of my classroom daily.
Lately, I have been pondering this question as I have been trying to define what it is I enjoy about my job. Often times, I feel as if I get lost in the day to day mundane tasks of school life. There are parts of my job that I do not enjoy as much as others. I really don’t like doing the boring paperwork that appears in various forms and I often have to force myself to do it because I know it is required. I know that overall it serves a purpose so I do it, but I do not enjoy doing it.
After looking back at my 2016, I still feel very blessed to be where I am today. As this year developed there were sometimes that I perceived my world to be bumpy and full of things that I didn’t necessarily want to do. That being said, I also was given enormous opportunities that at the time terrified me, but now that I have settled in a little it feels wonderful.
The Pedagogue Podcast Episode 2 is now out. I am going to try to do 30 podcasts over the course of the next year to see if I can stick with it. I think if I can stick with it I will enjoy doing this. I am not worrying myself about quality right now and am using low tech devices to make this work for myself, since I have been so on the go these days. I hope you enjoy!
Lately, I have been feeling esoteric and trying to discover ways that are beyond the usual buzz words to describe what we do in education. Yesterday, I began writing a book/package that will help me explain my coaching philosophy and when I can to the part about coaching the “whole athlete” I began wondering what exactly that meant. What is a whole athlete or student? How can I define what the means? Is it really just an empty buzzword that we throw around because it sounds nice?
I thought that this summer I would do some light reading and would share that on my blog. Last year I became too overwhelmed with my new duties as a father and teaching a new group of learners to keep up with my blog. I also wrote a couple of articles that ended up being lost, since I had some issues with my computer. So at this point, I am entering the 21st century and using the google suite to make sure I don’t lose all of my work. I know that overall, the Microsoft suite is still better in terms of sheer power, but I cannot get over how well the cloud works to preserve my materials using the google suite. I had some occasions where I wanted to work on some of my writing, but I could not access all of my work because it was saved at home in word, so I am seeing if I can make the transition. But really, this concept is a great way to introduce my summer reading theme that has been focused on the 21st century learner.