Image via WikipediaMy first C4T#2 comment post on whatedsaid's blog (appropriately called whatedsaid), was on her (one other commenter said "Edna" so I'm assuming "ed" is a female. Pardon me if I'm wrong to assume) post about Has your educational philosophy changed? [She]/Edna/whatedsaid commented on the overall change teachers undergo after years of experience. She went further to include the responses of one of her friends Mr. Barry, a teacher in Nunavut, Canada, to questions about his growth and experience as a teacher.
His responses reassured me (because I've already established I'm somewhat of a worrier), and made me use my imagination to envision myself after 10 years in the teaching battlefield. What will I have discovered about myself? What will I being doing differently or not at all? Will my PLN be so HUGE that I'll need more than just Symbaloo as my aggregator?
All of those questions are thought-provoking and something that perhaps I will have to think about more fully in either the near future or sometime after that. Right now, I'm just glad that there are experienced educators out there like whatedsaid and [her] friend Mr. Barry that are still encouraged to broaden their own horizons.
The second comment I left on Ed's blog was on her post about concept driven lessons. Today we will be learning about... illustrated the use of something Ed called "provocations". Provocations are lessons that take the student out of the traditional role of listener and note-taker and into the role of fact and idea finders. They comb through artifacts, articles, the internet, and listen to accounts of stories told by other teachers about their ancestors or something, and then they are asked the following questions about what they found.
What do you notice?
What do you wonder?
The student responses are actually quite in depth and thought provoking of themselves, and it sounds like the provocations led to some good discussions in class. I was really happy to read this post and I thanked Ed for the idea. I might just want to do this in my future classroom. It sounds fun and nifty. And I might get to tell that story about my six-times great grandfather who invented the first incandescent light bulb before Thomas Edison but didn't get the credit because of the Civil War. Yep. That would be fun.