I’m sure many of you may have already had this “aha” moment of authentic learning…but it really rang true for me yesterday. Even though I recognize and value the importance of being given the time to finish something or prioritize something that I want to do/write, I’m not sure that I really give my kids that same “time” opportunity. Unfortunately, with all the content we need to get through, it is easy and sometimes necessary to say to students that we are out of time and that they can continue the next day. But if in the following day, the students don’t end up getting time to finish, what happens to that post? Are the students as motivated to finish something that happened 2-3 days ago? I have seen kids delete drafts and when I ask them why, they say it isn’t important anymore or that they have simply lost interest and don’t want to finish. If I was to label this learning, I would have to say that the moment had passed.
In my own practices, I noticed yesterday that I had three different “drafts” for posts that I had begun “in the moment of learning”. I kept thinking I would have the time to finish them up or add more to them…and then a few days/weeks later when I opened them, I realized that I didn’t want to finish these posts anymore. Even though there was great learning, that moment of learning had passed. Instead, I focused on our new learning about Earth Day. It was at that moment that I realized if I didn’t post it on the same day, I would lose the opportunity for conversation with the students and that comments from the world and learning from each other would potentially be lost. And if there isn’t a conversation…then what’s the point?
I’m also noticing this “in the moment” engagement with my classroom blog. When I ask kids if they read our classroom blog, most say no. If it isn’t within the first day of posting or there isn’t a follow up that brings us back to the classroom blog, they don’t really want to read the blog or if they do, it is simply read and then they move on and there isn’t any reflection.
Is anyone else finding this? How do we balance all that needs to be done in a day yet give the students that time for reflecting on their learning? I guess the important lesson for me is that I should do less and do it well and I think this is also true for the kids.
Something to think about…