I am sitting on the sofa on a Friday night and I am not inclined to move, so that might be an indication of the energy I expended this week. I am done! But it was a good week, a little hectic, but good. Between several “run-throughs” and rehearsals for our Christmas concert, we managed to do a little math and language arts. Earlier in the week we even took on writing computer code, with Khan Academy’s great “Hour of Code” tutorial. Despite a few difficulties getting all of our laptops to play the video tutorials, the students forged ahead and did a great job. I loved their enthusiasm as they accomplished the different tasks. And I loved how the activity self-differentiated. Students worked at their own pace, taking their time or flying through to tasks I hadn’t even tried, and were fully engaged. As Mr. Erker tweeted about our activity, there was problem solving, math, imagination and critical thinking involved in what the students were doing during this hour. When I tried it first at home the night before, I was aware of how I was being asked to think differently. It was very illuminating in that way.
Anyway, the weekend has arrived, and Monday brings us to our last few days before the holidays. We shall have to get back to our routine, at least through Thursday. Let’s hope for some dry weather and outside days. At least we will have our gym time back again! 🙂