I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. ~ Ernest Hemingway
These very special people are such a large part of my life. I spend my days trying to do my best by them..for them. And I am rewarded by having the joy and opportunity to spend my days with them. At least most days I feel that way!
I teach Grades 8 through 12, and I love problem solving with students. It never ceases to amaze me - seeing the problem through their eyes and seeing the different ways they come up with to tackle a problem.
Yes, students are a large part of my PLN.
Sometimes, if you listen carefully enough, you will find talents (other than mathematical) that they are willing to share with you. This is also quite special.
One of my present students, Victor, shared his passion for origami with me. Victor showed me (many times and with great patience) how to make sonobe units so that I could make some modular geometrical units that I had seen him make. I was just so curious...and he was so willing to share.
This holiday break, I decided to try my hand at a video - to demonstrate what Victor taught me. I hope to make him proud!
I have been reflecting this holiday about how much we learn from students each and every day. Yes. We teachers are lucky folk...built-in PLN right in our classrooms!