Hi, I’m Kendra, and I have big ideas. I have ideas so big that I don’t know what to do with them. I have ideas that are overwhelmingly awesome, yet I don’t know how to apply them. I have ideas that are so amazing that I don’t even know where to start with them. My ideas stop me in my tracks and won’t let me pass.
This is what has happened time and again the past week or so, even with trying to figure out what to blog about this week. I just have so many ideas, and want to do so much with them that I have no idea what to do. So instead of being able to show and share all of these awesome ideas that I have I’m just left in silence with the ideas chasing themselves around in my head.
I have ideas about the math unit I am currently working on. I imagine students being engaged in hands-on activities and never picking up a textbook to do repetitive questions. I hope to incorporate a project for students to work on and show their learning instead of writing a test, and making wonderful connections with the students throughout the process. I want to do things that are out of the ordinary, but not too crazy that students won’t be able to understand the meaning of them. I want to try new things, yet know that I can’t do something crazy every day too.
I get ideas from all of the books I read, and all of the books I want to read. I literally have a bookcase full of books I have been wanting to read and just haven’t made the time to do so. I have wonderful books that I have found that I hope will one day inspire the students I teach to read and explore. I have books about innovative thinking, about how the mind processes, and how to reduce the attachment to textbooks in the classroom.
I’m inspired by other teachers I talk to, by videos I watch on YouTube, by blogs that I read, and educators I follow on Twitter. The problem is that I’m so overwhelmed by inspiration that I’m not sure where or how to turn them into practical applications. Perhaps it’s because I don’t have a “real” outlet to put any of these ideas into yet. Sure, I get to plan all sorts of lessons and units for my university classes, but as of right now no one is actually going to experience them. I think that’s why I’m so excited to work on my math unit, because I know that it will actually be experienced by students.
The trouble now is that even though I know that the unit that I will plan will be something real, I still don’t quite know how to process all of the ideas I have for it. I am hoping that over the break for Reading Week I’ll have some more time to lay out my ideas and turn them into some amazing lessons. I think I have a plan, and I know that I have some great ideas, I just need to put them into action. I know that this will be a constant thing as a teacher, and I just have to remember that learning is always a journey, even as a teacher. I’ll always be finding new ideas, interpreting them in my own way and adding bits of pieces of them to my teaching.
So help me out here friends, what are some of your big ideas? How do you manage them? What are some ways you’ve incorporated some of your big ideas into teaching?