WOW! What a week! I love to present but after my Crazy-Palooza this week...I was exhausted. But exhaustion often follows trying out new ideas. When we are used to the same things, so are our bodies, which perhaps isn't always a good thing.
So my new "thing" was exercising my LiveBinder muscle.
I saw a book on the public library shelf.
The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less by Barry Schwartz
"We normally assume in America that more options ("easy fit" or "relaxed fit"?) will make us happier, but Schwartz shows the opposite is true, arguing that having all these choices actually goes so far as to erode our psychological well-being."
This is the image I had in mind, Friar Tuck from Rocket Robin Hood.
Anyway...it gave me a lot of "food for thought".
The goal of my sessions was to reduce the amount of new resources and instead bring out what we already know. When we find that we already know some things, we tend to discover what we don't, and that is where you can access more resources.
I designed the LiveBinders to focus the teachers back on two things,
the Curriculum and their students...not a resource.
My thinking dates back to my childhood, when I consumed way to many episodes of Little House on the Prairie.
How did they teach with a couple of readers and a few slates?
I think it is because the teachers knew their goals (curriculum) and what their students needed (through assessment). The rest was filling in the blanks with what was available and facilitating inquiry projects ....(remember when they created the school bell by collecting and melting metal)
Sometimes I think we need to trust ourselves as a powerful human resource and go from there...
Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!
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