The memory is vivid. I was sitting on my couch, color drained from my face, flanked by two sleeping dogs unaffected by the gravity of this news I was trying to absorb.
What? No way.
I mean...I guess I can be stubborn. I do believe very much in the unlimited strength of women.
And I am loyal to my family….
I would have been fine with Jon Snow. I would have been ecstatic with Samwell Tarly. I too appreciate devouring books and good food. What about Brienne of Tarth? There wasn’t a height question, was there?
It wasn’t like I was expecting Sansa, or even Arya (hoping, yes). But Cersei?
As time passed, I started seeing the potential in this new reality.
I settled in, prepare to accelerate through the acceptance stage. Ten minutes and three retakes later, I finally got Jon Snow. Fine. I can live with that. And die. And then live with it again.
Except now it all felt like a fraud--I didn’t feel comfortable cheating my way to a Jon Snow, which I might argue was an ethical emotion rarely exhibited by Cersei.
Naturally, this is just a silly online personality quiz that means nothing.
I should call my friends and see what they got; maybe everyone gets Cersei the first few times--just to mess with us.
I realize this is a long time to wrestle with such a ridiculous (and clearly unfounded) quest to better know the inner cobwebs of my personality. I also realize that few of you may openly admit to taking these pointless personality quizzes. I myself have taken only a handful (Ross Gellar, both Stevie Budd and David Rose, Pam Beesly, Samantha Baker, the music of U2, and apparently I should be living in either San Francisco or Germany), as I find them fodder for self-reflection. Of course, there are other, more scientific, sources of self-reflection: INFP/Mediator (Myers-Briggs) & Individualist/Peacemaker (Enneagram).
The world is rife with opportunities to learn and reflect upon various aspects of our personalities. And perhaps I might be taking Simon Sinek's advice of “Knowing Your Why?” a bit too seriously. However, I might argue the Delphic Oracle was on to something with “Know Thyself” -- though I’m clearly choosing to ignore the “Nothing in Excess” suggestion.
It is hard to ignore, however, that educators are in a position of influence. Deeply understanding why I continuously choose this role and identifying how my values are visible in my classroom or work space have a considerable impact on the community I’m creating and the lives I’m influencing. One might argue that the most important work we can do is best understanding our own decisions about, actions within, and reactions to the world around us. These practices have a place and impact in our classrooms and work spaces.
a. 15 Reflection Strategies to Help Students Retain What You Just Taught Them
b. The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer
While we are facilitating the learning of our students this year (no small feat), I hope you will join me in taking silly and serious opportunities to self-reflect and to guide students in their own self-reflection
This post brought to you by Stefanie Whitney, Secondary Implementation Associate
One of my favorite parts of back to school week is always hearing about the learning people did over the summer. I was fortunate to be able to facilitate the Science Edcamp and there was lots of interest in the topic of grading for learning. Invariably teachers were most interested to learn from their colleagues about things they had tried. As a district, we have decided that this year should be a learning year for our grading for learning principles and that they will be fully implemented next school year.
Consider how you might best use this learning year to be ready for next year’s implementation:
As you plan how to use this learning year consider how you hope your students respond when given a challenge in your classroom. Ask questions, collaborate, and engage in deep thinking about how these changes could improve learning for your students.
This post brought to you by Heather Willman, POSA overseeing Secondary Curriculum, Instructional Coaching, & Staff Development
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