- our friend (the builder) who knows everything and is helping my husband learn about construction
- my husband (the runner) helps with everything and is learning several new building skills
- me (the supporter) cooking meals, filling drinks and helping when asked. I am very good with the million trips to the lumber yards because I can follow a list extremely well.
As I sit on our front porch writing this post, and I hear the saw cutting the cedar wood, measurements being told several times and the occasional, "I love it when a plan comes together." That is how I am feeling as I finish the book. I love it when my learning comes together.
Chapter 5 Just for You
- ...during the preparation, investing time in the right tools and collecting them p. 72
- look across the lesson and make predictions - where might students need support? p. 80
- with the correct tools students can differentiate themselves p. 72
- Which strategy are you going to try today? p. 74 (opening of workshop)
- How did yo push yourself as a writer today? p. 74 (closing of workshop)
Chapter 6 Nuts and Bolts
- As I am considering my classroom design, I am now considering where the most foot traffic will be in our class? p. 88
- How can I support my students when they need fuel to keep them going when plugging away on the hard stuff? p. 88
- Kid friendly language - less is more p. 91
- If students are shrugging... it's time for them to roll up their sleeves and take more ownership of their work. p. 93
- Think of our demonstration notebook as a library book - it should travel around the room. p. 95
Every statement above has stumped me in the past. I've said them aloud to myself in a questioning voice or have asked colleagues. I always feel a little better when I read my "problems" in a book because it's not so lonely. One of my biggest take away from both chapters is that I need to spend more time thinking about these issues and how I can begin to make minuscule shifts in my practice. One thing I know about myself as a learner in the summer is that I want to do EVERYTHING and I know I can't. Already as I have read other blog posts and twitter chats, I realize that we're a community of learners. It's not an isolated experience and learning with 50+ is so much better than learning alone. I am thankful for comment feeds and a huge thanks to everyone who made a video or shared their own work by taking photos. It's been another amazing summer PD. Here's to the last few weeks of summer. Thank you for the journey of #cyberPD.