Day 27: Highs and Lows

26 10 2009

It may shock you to find out that not every day in my classes is outstanding, interesting, or worth writing about. OK, so that probably didn’t shock you at all. Like everything else in life, this class has had its share of ups and downs (many of which I’ve described to you). It has also had a fair number of days which are somewhere in the middle, and not terribly interesting to talk about. This was one of those days.

To avoid being one of those folks who starts by saying, “Well, I don’t really have anything much to tell you,” and proceeds to prove it for the next 40 minutes, let me just hit the high points. We tried the word cloud again, and this time it still didn’t work; that’s two strikes, and in my league that is probably enough. We took a quiz the old-fashioned way, I showed a couple of video clips in my lesson, and I sent them on their way.

Today was one of those classes that reminds you of the sad truth: no matter how hard you work to be  a dynamic, powerful Superman in the classroom, you will still have days where you are simply a somewhat uninteresting Clark Kent.  As you adopt connected learning tools, you will still have one foot in the old way of doing things. That straddling of two worlds can be both a liability and an asset. Oddly enough, I have found that an occasional day of old-style teaching actually adds variety to what I’m doing. And that’s a good thing, because all this new-fangled stuff is taking a lot of time to put together!

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