There’s something comforting about familiarity. Today, I’m in the Motor City enjoying my very first MACUL Technology Conference, though it feels a bit like home, having presented here at MRA in 2007 and finishing my half-marathon just around the corner a few months ago. The familiar faces of fellow building and NWP colleagues adds to that feeling.
I’m excited, inspired and hopeful for what tomorrow will bring. Having heard about the photo contest MACUL is sponsoring, I couldn’t help but look around for interesting shots throughout the day. While I did manage to snap a few – this one is my favorite! When I saw the crew working on the escalator (technology, mind you) I couldn’t help but thinking about how so many of the software programs and hardware components I’m learning about can take our students’ learning (and mine) in a new direction.
When I climbed onto the stationary stairs, I was still able to use my legs to get me where I needed to go. It was natural and normal, and yet still somehow…odd and uncomfortable. That’s how my students might feel when the reading, writing, thinking and learning they do outside of school comes to a standstill in the classroom. I don’t want to be the classroom at a standstill. I want to be moving onward and upward – taking learning to new levels.
This post was written as part of a monthly challenge sponsored by Two Writing Teachers, to encourage writing and community. The goal is to write a Slice of Life entry each day throughout the month of March.