Sunday, November 23, 2014

Inspired or Expired?

expired = no longer valid, typically after a fixed period of time, to come to an end.

For the second time this month, I accidentally used an ingredient from my kitchen cupboard that was clearly expired. I didn't pay attention, and it resulted in a failed meal. My mistake led to a scramble to try to put another acceptable meal on the table. I'll spare you the details, but let's just say that it's time for an early spring cleaning in my kitchen. It's not something I want to repeat again.

My mistake reminded me of how I don't want my lessons to have a visible expiration date. I want to throw out the old ideas (ingredients) and spice up the good lessons (recipes) so the whole meal (learning experience) is deliciously awesome!

Moving from expired to inspired can only happen when you take out the trash. Consider these questions:
-Is what you're doing currently working for you, and more importantly, your students?
-Can a different experience replace an old tradition and still result in a learning opportunity?
-Is there a purpose to what you're choosing to do with the limited amount of time you have?
-Do students look forward to learning each day?

If not, why not?

1 comment:

  1. Jen this is so important! Too often we go to our cupboards and just use what we have available.As you write, we must become inspired to try to cook some new dishes. We might burn a few along the way, but oh when we find just the right recipe!