My goal is to become a more consistent blogger. My other goal is to finish my dissertation by June 19, which should lead me to become a more consistent blogger. However, as a means to avoid the paragraph currently plaguing me, I would like to share a little of what my daughter taught me this week.
I like to write whether anyone reads my writing or not. Blogging is cheap therapy. I was thinking about writing today as I began working on my newest professional project. The students of today are facing a world I could not even have imagined when i graduated from high school. Jacy, the almost 15 year old daughter, wants to be a writer one day. She writes stories, posts her tales on a fiction site, receives feedback from other teenagers, and also reads and gives feedback to others. WOW! No publisher needed. Open doors for her work and she loves the feedback. She is a very reflective writer, because reflection is simply part of her world. Everything is out there and feedback is inevitable. She is also blessed as her high school ROCKS! She has so many academic and extra-curricular opportunities. I often see her struggle to decide where to place her energies. What a great conundrum!
She decided to take the ACT this week just for practice. Since she has not had geometry yet, she made a plan to work independently through the first two units. I found her using an online site and YouTube to learn the material. She did pretty well on the post-test and proclaimed geometry was pretty fun.
I often hear adults complain teens are not motivated. What I believe is they are simply motivated by things and experiences . They are learners, readers, writers, and thinkers. But unlike my generation who needed teachers to open doors for us, these children can find their own doors. They need direction in analyzing and evaluating what is valuable, making authentic connections, and creating new ideas from the learning. What an exciting time to be an educator! The world is full of open doors!
I am a teacher, which in a single word, sums up my passions and my belief in the future.