Friday, December 18, 2009

Lotta Learning!

This week has been extremely hectic. It's the last week for the students before Christmas vacation and their energy level is ...oh on a scale of 1 to 10, about 100! It's also finals week for me at school so I've had several papers and projects to complete, I didn't even have a chance to celebrate my birthday which is not at all like me.

Anyway, as crazy as my life has been I've learned so much from my students. Here are a few things on the tech side I've learned just in the last couple of weeks:
* How to create MP3 file to export from Garage Band
* How to create a zip file from a Keynote Presentation and export to Slideshare
* How to navigate some elements of Photoshop

Bigger Lessons:
* How to stop trying to "control" the learning in my classroom
* How to trust the students to navigate difficult projects/problems
* How to ignore the massive noise level that inevitably arises when authentic work is going on with 25 kids in the room
* How to relax and remember that kids will be kids and it's not the end of the world