Ok so technically Day 16 was yesterday. But after a visit with a good friend and her adorably chubby 5 month old my girls and I got in to the car to drive home, a 4 hour journey from Vancouver to Kelowna, BC (Canada, for those reading from abroad). Except that it wasn't 4 hrs. It was more like 6. First, we sat in seemingly interminable traffic getting out of Vancouver. Then we had to stop to get dinner. Then we had to stop to pee. Then my oldest started complaining that her ears hurt (she has a wicked cold, so this didn't exactly surprise me. We gain a lot of altitude on the drive home) so we stopped to pick up some Tylenol. And a tea for mom, because it was 9 o'clock by this point. Then the last leg of the journey home with two sleeping angels in the back. I am grateful that my girls are great travellers who can keep themselves entertained on long car rides (without killing each other and without the use of technology. Yep, I'm a regular Steve Jobs when it comes to my kids and technology).
Long story short, I was way too tired to write this post when I got home last night. Even though I hate missing a deadline (even a self-imposed one), I just couldn't muster the energy. So, now, a day late and a dollar short, I sit in Starbucks writing yesterday's post.
If you could have one superpower to use in the classroom, what would it be and how would it help?
If I had one superpower in the classroom it would be the power to freeze a moment but still move freely myself. You know how they do that in the movies? Everyone else is frozen but the main character is able to move around, monologuing and rearranging things to suit their purpose? Yep, that would be my choice. Why? So many reasons. I could buy myself a moment to think when I can see a lesson going south quickly. I could rearrange something a student was working on to give them that "aha" moment without them knowing I was doing it. I could shut off the noise and take a moment to breathe in the peace and quiet that happens rather infrequently in my classroom. I could set up some pretty awesome practical jokes. I could survey the classroom to see who was getting it and who wasn't, who was feeling off today, who needed to stay for extra help, who needed to just stay and chat (although, this teacher has that nailed without freezing time). The possibilities are endless.
Any other ideas for what I could do with this superpower?
I'm Bryn, teacher, mom, book lover, athlete. I am passionate about literacy, collaborative teaching and finding new and innovative ways to engage & motivate all kids. I hope you find something that speaks to you here on my blog and would love to hear from you too!