Sunday, March 20, 2011

I'm curious....

Tomorrow we'll all head back from a week off on various March Break activities. I'm asking myself what the kids are going to tell me about first; something they saw? A new experience they got to try? I'm going to be looking to see whether authentic learning situations took the front seat this week over any other more mundane activities like going to the movies, dining out, or shopping. (Note to reader: I value all of those activities for various reasons; I'm thinking specifically of how one's holiday may quietly contribute to learning through moments of authenticity.) Ben went to California like I did; I wonder what he's going to tell me about first? When Hailey comes back from the Dominican, will she tell me about an enriching experience first? I think what I'd tell the kids about first is walking through the tiny steel corridors on the USS Midway in San Diego, and how I learned so much about military aviation and its connection to that area. (I don't know if they'll really care that I shot 89 on a fairly challenging Palm Springs golf course....) I'm going to wait and observe what comes up first. If it's all about cool learning experiences, I'll be sure to post and share what came up first. If not, it was a worthy experiment in observation.

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