Finding Learning

See that yellow ball? More importantly, see those pins it rolled over?  Know what it’s really a photo of ?  The reason I teach. There are days when I want to just leave education. I get so tired of the ‘stuff’ that I allow to get in my way. Of the opinions I give more time thinking of than I ever should.  The things that are not about the kids at all.

But, then a moment happens, on a Saturday afternoon, when my students have been struggling, trying, being challenged, and struggling some more.  Then, boom, they get their robot in the game and it rolls over and knocks down the pins.  There’s another photo here you cannot see, but it’s the students.  Arms raised. Cheering. High-fiving each other like they’ve just won the World Series.  Because that feeling they have? It’s learning.

I don’t know how learning got so lost in the school system.  But, it is.  Today? I saw it. Not just a little glimpse, but a glaring, shining, bold example of what learning is.   Collaboration, problem solving, thinking, and creativity.

I don’t have a big, profound ending for this post. I’m not even sure where I’m heading.  All I know for sure is one thing…. the learning I saw today? It’s the kind that missing from most of our schools.

  1. Kristen O'Brien says:

    Hi Mrs. Venosdale! I am in my second year of coaching the students in our Academically Talented program in First Lego League. We will compete in our qualifying tournament on December 8. How did your team do at the tournament? I would love to visit with you about your thoughts on the process. It’s amazing to stop and think about all the concepts covered in FLL. It’s a great experience for the kids! That’s great that you got to watch your students in front of the judges. Last year no one was allowed in the room with the kids and the judges.

    • We got to watch it all! It was so much fun and such a GREAT experience for the kids. It was our first year this year and I am so ready to do some new things next year. I feel like now I really understand competition. So glad I had a great group of flexible kids to start out with this year. :)
      Good luck to you guys on December 8!

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