As my regular readers know, I have started this year with a focus on getting healthier. I have found that I enjoy and learned so much. In no particular order, here are some of my particular A-ha’s.
- I need to exercise by people who I see as a little better than me. I work harder that way. Believe it or not I am competitive and even exercise class is a competition. I share this fact because we need to talk to our children about who they sit with and work with and how it impacts their learning. We need to create learners who know what they need and how to ask for it.
- Exercise is not the silver bullet. I have not lost the weight I wanted ase I was doing this because I haven’t really changed my eating habits. Just like I need to stick with the exercising and add another step to lose the weight. One mistake we make is to assume that one thing will solve all of the problems. If we just had this one curriculum, then….. We know in reality it may take several things working in conjunction together to help all students learn.
- Pick the right success criteria. If I chose the scale as the success criteria, then I would feel like a failure. Instead, I am using my energy level as well as inches lost and increased fitness. If we use the standardized test as the only measure of success for our students or schools, many people would feel like failure when in fact they are successful.
- Music makes a difference. There has been several times I wanted quit. One particular time, a song that reminded me of my son came on. It was a subtle reminder why I was there. Other times the beat kept me going. When add music to our classroom, it help motivate our students and us.
- I have preferences for certain instructors. I like the ones that seem to know when I need feedback. It’s as if they can read my face and then tell if I am on the right track or if I need to do something differently. Students also need feedback at the right moment or it won’t move them forward.
- I can do more than I thought was possible. I have been at this for about 4 months. Now, I can do ten burpees in a minute when originally I could only do a few and not very well. I also thought of the instructor who said, “you will!” to my response that I had no abs. She and others believed in me and it has made a difference. This is our charge as teachers to create students who can do more than they thought was possible. We do it daily. Students who come to school only knowing their letters leave school reading. Students design computer programs and do so much more because we push because we know they can even if they don’t.
I guarantee when I began my exercise journey that didn’t expect that I would learn so much about myself as a learner.