Saturday, October 07, 2006

One list and some pictures

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.)

  • 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.
  • Students need clear time limits and structure for small-group work, no matter how old they are.

  • 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!


Anonymous said...

You knit those animals so they look relly real.And do babys care what they wear?

Keep up the good work and forget the bad.

Love ya
Apple jack

Karen said...

Our children are the future, so of course we should dress them like they are in Star Trek.

That is one nice camera. Congratulations and belated happy birthday. Love and kisses!

Anonymous said...

the zoo sounds like fun, and that's alot of really cool pictures, especially the bird.

I speak from personal experience when I say that your students will NEVER understand what you're looking for in an assignment, and you have to do your best to deal with them. Just remember: life's a spectaculon!

- Asher