Each day I learn something new. If I didn’t then I feel like I have not accomplished by daily goal. Today is like all of the others but learning something new is not meaning that it is new to you but could be a reminder of what forgotten.
Student learning is not just about reading books, taking notes, memorizing facts that may not have any meaning after the semester ends, etc. It is also about learning life skills, reinforcing those that have been forgotten or lost. Sometimes I equate it to losing weight…it never ends. I fight excess weight and try to lose. Then I forget that the stuff that tastes good is not actually good for me…like bread, cookies, and dark chocolate. However after eating what is good for me…fruit, vegetables, and lean meats…I crave for those comfort foods. Student learning is like that….you know you need to read, reflect, and practice but you are lured to do something else like video games, read a novel (not assigned for class), or watch a movie.
So today for my something new concept, I learned that I can accomplish what I set out as long as I chunk it into smaller pieces with small goals. When a goal is reached, a reward is applied. (Ok…so maybe I knew this all along but it had escaped my mind). So smaller is better…maybe not in clothes size but in work chunk size. Students need to learn to chunk their work into smaller bite size pieces so they can allow for those other moments like playing with children or friends can be enjoyed fully and without regret.
Yes, today is a great day to learn something new…even if it is old.
Last piece of advise…remember to smile! (It keeps everyone else guessing to really what you are up to!)