I know...it's an odd question for a blog post. But, stay with me. I recently had the privilege of attending the Google Teacher Academy in Seattle, Washington. One of our presenters, Cory Pavicich, shared the following video with us:
While we had a great deal of fun both watching the video and then trying to tie our shoes like the young man does, it got me thinking. [Shocking, I know.] I think this could be a great video to use when working with teachers as a reminder that there are not only many ways to learn, but there are also many ways to teach. I thought I was pretty cool when I saw the second idea in the video and said, "That's how I tie my shoes!" And then the young man moved on to the "really, really fast" version. And it hit me: I may know one way to tie my shoes that has always worked for me, but that doesn't mean it's the best way. It certainly doesn't mean it's the only way.
It's never even occurred to me to look for other ways. I mean, why should I? The way I do it works just fine for me, after all. I've been doing it this way for years! I'm not about to change my thinking on something that works...for me.
Sound familiar? Ever heard another teacher say those words?
The next time I do a professional development session, I'm going to start out by asking the teachers in attendance: How many of you have been tying your shoes the same way for years?
Sidenote: If you haven't used Quietube for videos, I highly recommend it! It takes the link to any YouTube video and creates a clean presentation, with no other videos or ads. Check this link for the same video shown above: How to Tie A Shoelace Really, Really Fast.