Dog Walks, Procedural Talk, and Missing Parking Spots: When and Where Teacher Education Happens
Students in my secondary English methods course construct a puzzle to engage in a conversation about student agency.
There are a lot of meetings in a week that I sit in (either virtually or in person). I look at the blocks of my calendar that these meetings fill up and wonder what kind of aggregate change they amount to.
This past semester, I found myself regularly visiting four different classrooms as a part of two different research projects. Working along side teachers, students, and other university folks, I focus on staying grounded in what happens in classrooms daily.
And then there's all the other stuff that fills the days of a semester. Travel and presentations. Online engagement. Game-based learning research. Visits to a co-designed school site in Los Angeles. Trying to remember where you parked.
Regardless of deadlines or how many meetings are scheduled or how many emails must be replied to or even how cold it might be outside, Grant and Olive remind me of the circadian needs of living, breathing, and being present in both personal and professional space.