I took on the Six Word challenge (obviously) and that felt like a bit of real success and a bit of failure. Turns out, I need way more than six words. (If you know me, I hear your laughter).
Mr. Hemingway, I'd love to walk in your shoes but I like verbosity. I like to talk.
Case in point: This weekend was our campus faculty retreat, and I was asked to speak for 10 minutes. How long was up there? Almost 18 minutes! Blah. So much for practice and planning.
I hope that the audience got something out of what I said, and here are a few of the Big Ideas I took away from the other speakers.
An astronomy teacher reminded us of how little we know about the universe.
An IT worker made a video so he could be with us and his pregnant wife.
A history teacher made me see her passion for her subject.
A poet reminded me that students, like writers, work in isolation.
A nurse showed us the amazing technology our future nurses are using.
A welder explained how his program had to become viable or it was going away.
An early childhood educator showed us how children have a need and a right to question.
A cosmetology teacher showed how her students chart their success over time.
An art teacher made me work as a graphic designer, and I laughed really hard with my group.
This summary is one of the many reasons I love teaching at a community college.
By the time I was done listening to all of them speak, I was ready to go back to school so I can be their students. Turns out, I get bored with Theory when there is no Practice. These folks walk their talk in their classrooms, and I left inspired. I left understanding a bit more about their practice. The retreat theme was titled "Illuminate" and although I've been teaching at this school for ten years, this is the first time I've attended. I'm glad I went. My corner of the country never disappoints.
Here's a photo of Saturday's sunset from my phone.
So back to the business of this MOOC. What are we doing now?
Topic 3 (Feb 17-Mar 2): Digital Literacy – Information, Memes & Attention
Here are the questions we are supposed to explore over the next two weeks.
From the initial blog post for Topic #3:
I'll see what I get to over the next two weeks. I've bolded the ones I'm most interested in on the first reading. I'll leave you with a quote from Ernest Hemingway that I think applies to teaching with (and without) technology.
"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master."