In Atlanta, we have missed an entire five-day week of school. Snow and ice! I have been so fascinated to read and hear about what some professional educators are doing with their found time. Of course, I only know about a small handfull. Of those who are making their actions known, the activities are relatively diverse. Some have spent the time entirely immersed in family – reclaiming missed opportunities from when work was too busy. Others have bathed their brains in intellectual pusuits. Here’s a small sample:
Teacher C: Been practicing recording my lessons so that I can post on Internet.
Teacher D: Enlisting feedback about a student-journal idea…http://jplgough.wordpress.com/2011/01/14/ever-feel-like-you%e2%80%99re-in-the-wrong-place-part-1-the-questions/
Teacher E: School’s out. I am not doing any work or learning while I am off.
Some have probably combined found-time-with-family and unexpected-moments-to-explore-an-idea. Not either-or, but both-and. Isn’t it curious what we do when we find time – maybe the most “precious commodity.” I wonder what each of these admired teachers would say to students when learning of what the 11-14 year olds would choose to do with found time. It’s interesting the “homework” we assign ourselves, isn’t it? I wonder how each of these teachers treats homework in his/her classes?