Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thing #4

I registered my blog with my professor so I am officially apart of the 23 things mission.

Thing #3 - ok this time for real

Thing three is to tell what I did to make my very own blog...
I liked that it wasn't as hard as I thought that it would be.  I think that the hardest part was deciding what to call it.  After I thought that up, everything else was easy.  I loved trying out all the different types of backgrounds.  I know that having the books in the background is a little predictable, but I LOVE books.  I also decided to add the shelfari because a friend told me how neat it was to have on her site.  If I ever really get good at this I would like to be able to share what I am reading with my kids.   I still need to find a picture to add to my profile, but I tend to delete any of me.  Pictures will come soon.  :)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Thing #2 - Lifelong learners part 2

The hardest of the 7 and 1/2 things to be a lifelong learner for me would have to be viewing problems as challenges.  I like to think that I enjoy a challenge.  However, I think that I really like to know that a challenge is on its way rather than to be surprised by it.  I am not much on surprises.  I know that I will eventually get over the shock and move into problem solving mode, but I think that I need to work on the speed at which I accept the problem as a challenge.

Thing #2 - Lifelong Learners

I think that or at least I hope that I will always love to learn.  As part of one of my classes for graduate school, I was asked to create this blog.  It is step three in the list of 23 Things I need to do.  Step 2 had me watch a video of the 7 and 1/2 things that Lifelong learners do.  I have to say that I completely agree that being and making lifelong learners requires that you put the learner first.  I think the easiest of all the steps in the viedo would be to play.  I firmly believe that the best way to learn is to find something fun in the task.  Mary Poppins said it best - "In every job that must be done there is an elemet of fun.  You find the fun and snap - the job is a game"  As educators we need to find the fun in our teaching and try to remember that just because it is fun doesn't mean that learning isn't going on.