Monday, August 1, 2011

How Do You Tie Your Shoes?

I'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.


PLNaugle said...

Hi Karen,
I think I'm too old to relearn how to tie my shoes. No wait, that's wrong. I'm a life-long learner so I'm sitting here right now trying to master this new shoe tying process.Thank you for sharing this video and reminding us that there is more than one way to reach a goal. I will keep this in mind as I embark on my 36th year as an educator.

I just forwarded this blog post to my principal.

Haley said...

Wow! Congratulations on 36 years; I'm starting my 6th in 2 weeks. :)
I was thinking while I read this post that I would send this to my superintendent. Yeah. We can all keep learning and trying new things but let us use the method that works best after we've tried many routes. (Will probably remind my 7th graders of this all year)

Unknown said...

Thanks for your comments! I think this video is also a good reminder that if you want to learn how to do can probably find a good tutorial on YouTube! So many experts in the world willing to take the time to make and share a video with all of us. That's cool!

Digital Diva said...

Hi @McTeach!

Great post! But as a 'Shoe Diva' I don't believe I own a pair of 'tie' shoes. Guess this gives me an excuse to go out shopping today! :)

Looking forward to sharing this video at an upcoming (September) faculty meeting.

Thanks for sharing!

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Mrs. Wolfe said...

Wow! I just shared this with my 8th grade English class and they decided that it made them feel a little insecure that they couldn't tie their shoes that fast! Some kids tried to tie their shoes but it didn't work.It blew their minds! Thank you for your post.