You've heard the tale of the man who, during the flood sends the rowboat away claiming God will save him. Then as the waters rise, he sends away another rescue team, still claiming God will save him. Finally, he climbs onto the roof of his house to escape the rising waters, all the time sure that God's hand will reach down and lift him out of the turbulent waters. He sends away a third rescue team, this one in a helicopter. Upon his inevitable death, the man blasts away at God for letting a "believer" die. "Are you kidding me?" God responds, "I sent two boats and a helicopter to save you!"
Signal number two for me was the lightning strike today, in yet another powerful storm, that struck our building and has knocked out some of equipment I need for my first lessons, so carefully crafted. Signal number three was a blog post I read earlier today from Angela Watson. It helped me to slow down for a moment, and re-think my plans. After the lightning strike, I intended merely to switch my lessons this week, completing my Thursday and Friday lessons on Monday and Tuesday, allowing time for the new equipment to arrive and be installed by our incredibly supportive IT manager. Sequence was of little consequence. But the series of events in the last 24 hours helped me to realize that my current state of being is not unlike the start of a horserace:
After reading Angela Watson's post, I realized I was focused on MY pace, not the pace of my students. As I shook my head and laughed at myself (an exercise I recommend highly) I've thought of a more appropriate second day activity that still accomplishes my goal of critical thinking. I'm bringing in my enormous container of Legos, which I have kept since my own children, now officially "adults" were small.
My original plan for creating avatars to attach to a ThingLink can wait. The purpose behind THAT lesson, self-expression and a sense of belonging, can occur at any time. How wonderful it feels to let go of the chaotic need to "use" every moment. I have no doubt that this experience I will be creating is far more powerful than what I had planned. I'm really glad that I didn't have to be struck by lightning to get the message! In your plans for the first week, have you considered the view from the student desk? I had not. Well I had, but not in the way I needed to. Thank you to Angela, for the reminder to be empathetic.