I’ve missed the last few days of the #reflectiveteacher blogging challenge, so here are very brief responses to the prompts.
Day 7: most inspirational colleague. I’ve been so fortunate to work with Rick Hansen, a generous colleague who has taught me so much about the teaching of writing. Conversations with Rick have helped me integrate all the pieces of writing instruction that I had learned over the years to create a more cohesive, overarching philosophy for teaching.
Day 8: what’s in my desk drawer and what does that say about me. My desk drawers are a mess. I rarely even look at them. What’s more important are the papers on my desk and throughout my house. I guess the contents of my desk drawer illustrate how busy I am and the essential role of thinking/planning in my life. I can’t put that away and close the drawer. Work is always on my mind.
Day 9: biggest accomplishment in teaching that no one knows about. I’m really proud that I’m willing to take risks in my teaching. Sometimes I ask to teach a class because I want to know more about the topic. Sometimes I plan assignments because I want to learn about how they work with students. I always update my syllabi, even if I’ve just taught the class. I reflect and try new things–and that keeps me always interested in teaching and always on the edge of failure. I think the willingness to take risks translates to a willingness to fail–and we all learn as much if not more by failing as we do when we succeed.
Day 10: Stay with me on this one
Five random facts:
- I love alternative music (modern rock, indie, whatever you want to call it.
- I’ve lived in three countries, the USA, Norway, and Portugal–and I love to travel.
- I’m obsessed with cookbooks, but I don’t cook very often.
- I love reading Scandinavian crime fiction.
- I’ve dogsledded in the Arctic, near the North Pole.
Four things from my bucket list:
- I want to go to Iceland.
- I want to see the Northern Lights.
- I’d like to live abroad again.
- I’d like to have dinner at Noma in Copenhagen, considered the best restaurant in the world.
Three things I hope for this year, personal or professional:
- I hope to find the missing information in my research on Julia Pastrana on my trip to Annapolis this year.
- I hope to spend a month abroad next summer.
- I hope to deepen my knowledge about connected learning/digital humanities/teaching with technology this year
Two things that made me laugh/cry as an educator:
- I laugh about some of the crazy things I say to surprise my students (like how I’m James Gee’s fangirl).
- I cry (or feel deeply) about how my work has such tangible results–that I’m able to see how my work has influenced local teachers.
One thing I wish more people knew about me:
- I have a hard time asking for help, so I appreciate it when people offer.