I’m so inspired by what people share on Twitter and post on Instagram. The photographs and videos that educators shared over the summer and into these first couple of days of school are amazing. It’s incredible what people are doing in the classroom, even with our youngest learners. But here’s where I’m struggling, as what happens when the images we see, don’t represent our current reality?
Over the past couple of days, my partner and I have already made many changes. I know that it’s early. I know that students need time to adjust. These were necessary changes though to create an environment where the students can learn the most and support each other in this learning.
- We needed to put a lot away.
- We needed to reconsider our layout.
- We needed to rethink provocations.
- We needed to look at how to build schema for our students.
- We needed to look at how to scaffold playing to support student learning.
Today was better than yesterday. And today, as we watched the students play, interact, and work independently, we’ve discussed more changes for tomorrow. But tonight, I look online at incredible provocations — numerous ones that helped us with creating our own — and I feel kind of sad. Why didn’t our students respond to our many open-ended invitations? What are we missing?
We’re not giving up yet. Maybe our ideal just takes time, and hopefully with making the changes that we have now, we can get to where we want/hope/plan to be. This whole experience though has made me do a lot of thinking about social media. I share a lot. I tweet photographs, videos, and podcasts from our classroom all day long to give parents a look into our room and to engage with others about teaching and learning. I love the connections and new ideas that have stemmed from this sharing. But as I look back and think about these past couple of days, I wonder, how do others view this sharing? Can sharing both “encourage” and “discourage” at the same time? I know that I’ll continue to share, for all of the benefits in doing so, but I’m also determined to share more of my “messy learning.” For as I’ve realized this week, nobody wants to feel alone, and we all make mistakes.