It has been a while since I posted anything, and I'm happy to be back. I haven't had time to maintain my blog because of work, but interestingly enough, I'm blogging today because of work.
When I started this blog, I knew I wanted it to be a lifestyle blog, which to me meant sharing my hobbies, adventures, and various projects around the house. I never wanted to blog about teaching because I already struggle to strike a balance between my personal life and work. This really can be attributed to my natural tendency to fixate and obsess, which makes it incredibly hard to do anything in moderation. I tend to throw myself into a new hobby with complete conviction. I research like crazy, buy all of the materials I need, and then eat/sleep/breathe this new thing. Sometimes, I get so filled with excitement that I cannot sleep because my mind is whirring with plans. Work is no exception to this pattern. I get inspired by an article I read or an advertisement I see and then I'm off planning. Even though I try to keep them separate, my personal and professional lives are so intertwined that it really is impossible to make a clear distinction. Even though inspiration waxes and wanes, I inevitably eat/sleep/breathe my work.
My newest obsession? 20Time.
When I was in school for my teaching credential, I was inspired by a video my professor showed in class one day. In the video, one of the most fascinating concepts Sir. Ken Robinson shares is how we teach divergent thinking, and therefore creativity, right out of children. At the time, I had no idea how to fix that problem. If the education system was the same, how could my teaching be different while still meeting standards? My inability to generate even one idea revealed my own lack of divergent thinking skills. This question has plagued me throughout my (short) teaching career. So when I came across Laura Randazzo's 20Time materials, I was open to the crazy concept of not only giving students the freedom to choose their own project, but also grading their process instead of the final product. With this project, there is no single approach and no "right" answers. Of course, this terrifies me, which is exactly why I am doing it.
I have also committed to doing a 20Time project alongside my students, which is why I am back on the blog. I have so much to share regarding our projects, but I will save it for future posts. For now, I will leave you with my takeaway so far from this adventure with my students. Instead of fighting to keep my personal life separate from my professional life, I have decided to embrace the fact they enrich one another. My quirky and obsessive mindset makes me a better teacher, and my kind, creative, and witty students make me a better person.