This was an action packed week, and I am about to start another. Unfortunately I don't really have time to describe it all for you, but here is a list of some of the things I learned:
- I love the zoo, and I love it even more when I have a camera that allows me to take about 250 shots. (Some of my favorites are scattered through this post.)
- Using a cable cast-on and elastic bind-off isn't hard and looks good.
- All the baby sweaters I knit look like they could be costumes from Star Trek. (Here are shots of the front and back of my newest almost finished project. Now I just have to sew the top seam, hide ends, and try a bit of blocking.)
- Students need clear time limits and structure for small-group work, no matter how old they are.
It doesn't matter how many times I explain something in an assignment if I am asking students to do something they haven't done before—many won't understand.
- Responding to 20 student papers with detailed suggestions for revisions is time consuming.
- Panicking doesn't help—except maybe when it wakes me up early in the morning, thus allowing an additional hour to read student papers.
- It feels good to pass back 20 papers, each with personalized feedback and comments.
- I love my camera.
- I seem to actually enjoy teaching--even while I'm panicking.
I hope you learned something new this week too!