Week 2 of #IMMOOC, I focused on being observant. I was so focused on it that I didn't blog. Oops. For the purposes of this post, "this week" refers to March 6-10th. #SorryNotSorry
This week I observed my students in the halls, in the cafeteria. I observed them in class. I observed their learning processes. I watched. I listened. I asked some for perspective. I asked myself the question: "Am I doing what is best for students?"
This week was a great week. I learned as I observed. I don't want to share everything, but I'll share this one. It is an experience I won't soon forget. It is often difficult to convey the message in 140 characters on Twitter, so I'll elaborate below.
Today we are all Longhorns fans! @vianneygriffins vs Nottingham CAJT High School #griffinpride #lovemyschool @SLPS_INFO pic.twitter.com/0FfoiZAfxi— Stephanie Filardo (@i3algebra) March 10, 2017
Tied with mere seconds to go, the Longhorns sank a game-winning shot! The students seated on the other side of the court are my students. My school's team lost, but this is what happened next.
This is how I described the experience to my PLN without a character limit:Celebrating a Longhorn victory with a game winning shot! @vianneygriffins #griffinpride pic.twitter.com/n3rfghQhLv— Stephanie Filardo (@i3algebra) March 10, 2017
"Today my students cheered against their own team as we played a team from a high school for students with moderate to severe disabilities...and had a blast! I wish every politician (and school administrator) could see the amazing things that happen when you are allowed/encouraged to teach human beings, not data points."
In all I observed this week, I must never forget that I have the ability and power to influence human beings. That is the greatest superpower of all. It shouldn't be wasted.