What am I thinking about 21st Century Learning? That feels like a loaded baked potato with no bacon. You know, because it's 2020, and I have "Bacon Ban" on my October 2020 Bingo card.
It's AAAALLLLL about 21st Century Learning! It's a buzz word, a catch phrase, a taboo---one that will send shivers up your spine and down your neck and then through your socks to the tiniest tips of your toes. I can't get away from it. I eat it. I sleep on it. I dream of it. I work with it. I work FOR it. I learn about it. ARGH!
I enjoy teaching students how to be 21st century learners. I enjoy seeing them helping each other as we ALL navigate this technology during the middle of a pandemic, and now fires upon fires, upon FIRES! But we all need a break. My eyes hurt at 3:00 from TOO MUCH SCREEN TIME!
I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels like I'm being pulled in a million directions, and everything shocks me, only for a split second. I'm in survival mode. I have family members who lost their home in August; friends who were evacuated this past week; friends who've lost their homes; friends who've lost their business, their livlihoods, and it isn't stopping.
So if we're wanting to enter students into this chaos right now, let's be gentle with them. Give them FUN 21st century learning.
School is cancelled tomorrow. I'm late writing this post. I cannot concentrate.
Sarah Magallano teaches 5th grade. She also coaches teachers on integrating art & engineering into their lesson plans.