I used this video in my portfolio over the summer, and I’m finding that the “Baby Boomer” perspective isn’t just limited to an age group. What I’m learning a lot from this week, mostly in my local setting, is that perspective influences so much– especially in how we respond to people.
I’m finding that just because I don’t understand something, it’s not stupid. For example, I’m not much of a Pokemon fan, but a lot of my students are. When they ramble on about the various categories of Pokemon, I am completely lost. However, I still listen, because it’s something they’ve dedicated time to. Was it a waste of their time? From the perspective of possible employability– probably. However, I can respect that they’ve developed a specialist language in order to more easily communicate. Can I take that interest and turn that into learning– absolutely! Tons of literacy I can use there! I don’t necessarily consider myself the most creative of educators, but I do try to keep a good perspective and grab a learning opportunity when it presents itself.
I’ve also found how incredibly anti-social something so readily acceptable like reading can be. I know. Believe me, it hurst to say it. Especially since I’m a Reading Specialist. But as I’ve been catching up on reading, I realize I’m spending hours not talking to anyone, and that’s difficult with toddlers. When I’m reading a common book with people, we have TONS to talk about… after we’ve read. However, when my husband is sitting in the living room gaming, I can see right there exactly what he’s doing. We discuss it. We strategize together. We look up wiki’s when we get lost. We problem solve together. This isn’t saying there’s a wrongness to reading. Of course not! I am inviting and examining of what’s considered “Acceptable” learning practices and why.