Pedagogical Memoir

Pedagogical Memoir
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  • Make sure to wear clothes you can get dirty, because as Dewey says, the world is your classroom!
  • Tomorrow class, we are going to go on a little field trip to visit an ecosystem!
  • As a kid who struggled with ADHD, interaction during lessons helped me understand the material tremendously.
  • In the third grade, science was my favorite subject. It was the only subject where we were able to interact with our surroundings.
  • I cannot wait to go explore ecosystems and get all dirty and see animals and touch the grass and...
  • MOM! She said we're going to get DIRTY. What if we see a bear? Maybe I'll climb a tree!
  • As a mom of a kid with ADHD, she was constantly reminded by teachers of how my hyperactivity was an issue, so anytime teachers gave me the opportunity to channel my hyperactivity into an assignment, she was happy.
  • When I got on the bus that morning, my friends and I argued over whether or not we would still go outside. 
  • My mom said this was the most excited I had ever been to go to school and learn, because I knew I would be outside and not stuck in a chair all day.
  • I'll be sure to pack your climbing shoes tomorrow, honey. Goodnight, sweet dreams.
  • While traditional, rote learning worked for some kids, I needed hands on interaction to undertand many concepts. I needed to see how ideas worked within my own world, to fully understand their meaning.
  • That night I dreamed of what I would experience the next day. I was going to interact with animals I saw everyday, like deer, and touch the water in the river that flowed past my school.  
  • Rabbits and deer and raccoon and birds and bear! Oh my!
  • To my dismay, when I woke up the next morning it was raining outside.
  • I'm not sure, honey. Come grab your jacket we have to go!
  • However, third grade Tiffany remained hopeful; I was too excited for this day for a little rain to ruin it.
  • Oh no! Mom! It's raining!!! Do you think we will still go outside today?
  • Maybe she'll let us play in the rain! Then we'll get EXTRA dirty!!
  • We are going to go outside! We're just going to play in the rain instead. 
  • Looks like you're going to be twitching in your desk all day, spazz.
  • No we are not, Tiffany. Mrs. Boyd is never going to take us out in the rain. She's just gonna stand up there and talk like usual.
  • Seeing a video of an ecosystem does not provide the same experience as actually interacting with the elements.
  • I'm sorry, class. It's just too wet outside to go explore today. 
  • Watch videos of ecosystems instead!
  • What are we going to do instead, Mrs. Boyd?
  • I was so disappointed I was not going to be able to learn about ecosystems by touching and interacting with them. 
  • Awh man. I was so excited to get dirty and play.
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