Living out Being the Change – Week 3: #cyberPD
I am once again participating in the #cyberPD hosted by Cathy Mere and Michelle Nero. This year we are reading Sara K. Ahmed’s book: Being the Change. Below are my final thoughts and plans to move this work forward.
Who Am I?
I asked myself this question numerous times throughout the reading of this book. Each chapter had me digging deeper into my identity and reflecting on how that translates not only into my teaching but more importantly my everyday being. Sara’s words had me thinking about my upbringing, my emotions, my universe of obligation, and who I choose to be. All of these conditions impact how I respond (or not respond) to teaching social comprehension.
As a result of reading and sharing this book with the cyberPD community, I am driven to make changes. I am in awe of Sara’s wisdom and well laid out plans which makes implementation look easy. However, I know I must work at these ideas by first looking inward and then and only then can I move ahead with teaching social comprehension.
My ideas for living out Being the Change (and making my thinking visible:)
- be better informed – read more news from various sources
- add books to my mentor text box that more widely represent the “windows” and “mirrors” of our students
- be open to listening with heart to each student’s news
- embrace news that is buzzing around the room and avoid shoving it under the rug
- consider my biases and work towards diminishing them
- share this book with others
- Above all else remember that I AM a work in progress!
My notes from the final two chapters:
Sketchnotes Chapter 5:
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Ode to Messy Geese
They sit and wait
huddled together like a team
plotting and planning
waiting for their coach’s signal.
Ready, Set, Go!
And go they do
making me stoop and bend
collecting their stuff
in a plastic grocery bag.
Ready, Set, Go!
I resent your intrusion
stinking up the lawn and lake
fly far, far, away
and leave your mark elsewhere.
Ready, Set, GO!
Being the Change – Week 2: #cyberPD
I am once again participating in the #cyberPD hosted by Cathy Mere and Michelle Nero. This year we are reading Sara K. Ahmed’s book: Being the Change. Here are a few of my reflections and sketches from the readings of week 2.
Chapter 3: After creating this sketchnote and looking at my drawings I was reflecting on candor and that it is similar to me taking a selfie – sometimes I like what I see – my smile, the people I am with, and the place I am at. Other times I am disappointed as I am not looking at the camera, the background disappears, and I cut people I love out of the picture. I think I need to dwell on these similarities a little more!
Chapter 4: I loved how Sara has us continually revisiting our identity web. My biggest personal take away is the how my identity impacts the way we react to news.
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How Should I Feel?
After five years without you
How should I feel?
Should I feel sad
for the lack of hugs and kisses?
Should I feel blessed
for the mountains of memories we shared?
Should I feel lonely
especially when I crawl into bed each night?
Should I feel joyful
when I see your sparkle in the eyes of our grandchildren?
Should I feel bitter
for the goals and vacations not realized?
Should I feel hopeful
for the legacy you left behind in your children?
Should I feel proud
when I hear people speak of you so fondly?
How should I feel?
Being the Change – Week 1: #cyberPD
I am once again participating in the #cyberPD hosted by Cathy Mere and Michelle Nero. This year we are reading Sara K. Ahmed’s book: Being the Change. Here are a few of my gleanings from the readings of week 1.
My first sketch notes some of my important take aways.
In my second sketch I adapted the “At First I thought… Now I think…” idea to make note of some of the changes I’d make in my work as a result of the lessons / ideas outlined in the first two chapters.
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Paddling and Pausing
It was going to be a hot one so plans were made in my head to grab a quick bite of breakfast and head out on the paddle board for some quiet exercise alone on the lake before anyone awoke. The lake was calm and tranquil at 7am as I took my first strokes of the morning.
As I moved through the waters I felt so alive. Not being one to venture out alone, this was a new adventure for me. The solitude of the morning was spiritual in nature as I coasted past rock formations and jumping fish searching for their morning meals.
I rounded the corner to visit the marsh area only to be surprised with water lilies just starting to bloom. Their white blossoms were happily bobbing on the surface and bringing a smile to my face. I wished for my camera to capture the moment, yet I know my feet are not yet quite steady enough on this new board to take that risk. As I turn out of the cove a small turtle dove down in front of me quickly darting my board and escaping my view. He looked like a small snapper and I quickly held on to his beauty while trying to dismiss the fact that this snapper swims nearby.
I made my way towards home marveling at all I saw in my alone time on my board. I started my day with a peaceful resolve and I arrived home to my dock with the promise to make this a regular habit.
#OLW (one little word) – pause