This term I learnt how to snowboard.
In 2010 I wrote a post about how we all need to make the shift from ‘teacher expert’ to ‘teacher learner.’ Sadly, this is one of the main things holding many of us back from helping our students make the shift into being ready for today’s world. Many of us have a teaching mentality that is fixed and not geared for growth and when we realise that we can’t be the holder of all knowledge and expertise then we open ourselves up to be vulnerable in front of our students. We become more able to be change agents in every way.
This term I decided to learn how to snowboard. I’ve been a skier since I was about 8. My family would have the occasional winter trip up the mountain and I kept the ski trips up into my teens with my friends when I left home and then with school trips since I’ve moved to the South Island.
This year, however, I took the chance to learn a whole new discipline when my wife and I took our kids to Cardrona for the first time. If I’m going to be on the learners slopes, I thought, I might as well learn something new alongside them.
So, a family day out, 2 school trips and a day with some friends later and I have had 4 days this season getting to grips with standing sideways, making ‘toe turns’ and actually cracking a rib (I think… at least it REALLY hurts when I sneeze and I have trouble rolling over in bed). BUT it was worth it.
One of the greatest outcomes of this adventure has been the chance to show my class how much I’ve failed. I showed them this short clip of me crashing a few times and I was amazed at how interested they were. It’s easy to forget how important it is for other learners to see us failing and to keep on trying. I really like this poster for getting this message across, too.
Below is a video I put together using our new school Gopro camera. We’ve decided to buy this to create a new version of our ‘What I did at school’ video we first made 3 years ago. This snowboarding day out with some friends was my chance to get to grips with the camera’s ‘ins and outs.’ There are quite a few tricks to using it, as it turns out. The music is from American Authors, ‘Best Day of my Life.’
I wonder what I’ll learn to do next term?
Learner Poster = eatteachblog.com/
Fail Poster = peachysceneblog.blogspot.co.nz