Again, here is a video with some heavy concepts. I will blog more about this later. However, I have a couple of thoughts...
Yesterday, as I was working on a lesson, I came across a video of a little girl hearing for the first time. At first she was amazed that she was able to hear. She said, "I sound funny when I talk!". Then she began to break into tears - of joy - because she realized she could finally hear. The entire video was a real moment and was captured on video in the doctor's office by her parents, I think. It was really touching.
What hit me personally is the fact that I might teach someone, someday, who will invent these miracles of science that will help people all over the world. I don't know what this little girl's procedure was but the out come was that she could hear and somebody had to invent that procedure or hearing aid...and at one time that person was a student with a teacher.
I am looking at the big picture here. We need to continually encourage innovation at as many levels possible in our classrooms. These are the habits and the mindsets that our students will have for the rest of their lives. Instead of a reaction of "no, that will never work or that just does't fit in the program", let us be the kind of educators who say, "yes, why don't you try that and we'll see what happens".
Let there be innovators in the classroom, not imitators.
...a teacher certified in AYA Integrated Social Studies