Something that happened today (#OneThing blog challenge post)

It seems like I come home from work nearly every day and shrug and say, nothing much happened today. Of course that’s pretty silly. Lots of things are always happening and I am just not attaching importance to them. So the purpose of this blog challenge (for myself) is to pay attention to what happens in a day, reflect on it, and share it. I invite you to join me.

butterfly closeup

Image by Josh Kellogg used under Creative Commons license


Something that happened today:

H came to class, sat down, and said, “Anne, I didn’t do any of my homework.”
H’s class is one-on-one. His homework was to prepare a presentation about a film or book that he wants to share. Mondays are Presentation Day.
I sighed. “Okay,” I said.
“Let’s work on essay writing more today,” he said.
“Did you write the thesis statement for your compare/contrast essay?”
“Did you finish outlining the part about imagery?”
“Okay. Did you print the story that you lost?”
“Okay, let’s try to find specific examples of imagery.”

And that’s what we did for the rest of the class. He re-read parts of the stories in depth, asked questions about words he didn’t know for sure, and underlined examples of imagery. He wrote the examples in his notebook and finally, as the class was ending, I asked him to look at what he’d written for each story. And he had an a-ha moment. I watched his eyes light up as he saw that the examples he had found and written on his own were going to be relevant to his essay – there was clear contrast.

And I had an a-ha moment, too. I realized that while it’s important to read carefully and deeply, it’s also important to pull back sometimes and see the bigger picture. So the class didn’t go the way I thought it would, but learning appears to have happened and I’m content with that.

Image by Didier Descouens used under Creative Commons license

Image by Didier Descouens used under Creative Commons license

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  • Josette  On April 28, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Magic! Yes! Learning happened. Thank you Anne. Challenge gratefully accepted.

  • David Harbinson  On April 30, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Hi Anne, thanks for sharing and instigating the challenge. I’ve really enjoyed reading others’ posts. “but learning appears to have happened and I’m content with that.” << Love this, it's what we're here for, right?

    • Laura Patsko  On April 30, 2014 at 5:34 am

      Hear, hear! I enjoyed this post & will take up the challenge shortly!

  • Hana Tichá  On May 1, 2014 at 12:13 am

    This is a nice and optimistic post, Anne. What you described is so natural and genuine, and this is one of the moments your student may remember for the rest of his life. I wish we could all experience such satisfying moments every day, in every lesson…. I can’t wait to take up the challenge. Still waiting for the #onething 🙂


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