Sorry, sorry, sorry... sorry. Interesting how when life gets hectic I get to see which things I give priority and which I put on the back-burner. Unfortunately, this blog post is one of those things. Silly of me to forget to post about the reading I have settled on for this semester, as well as what I have selected to pursue for my "20% Time" project. I promise I will be on top of my game moving forward!
So let's talk about both of these things. The book I have selected to read for this class is Daniel Pink's Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. I selected this book primarily because it is so closely aligned with what I have attempted to accomplish with my action research. I have been exploring behavior in my classroom, not necessarily as an attempt to control my students, but as a function of productivity in my class and how I can channel that productivity as a teacher to improve the achievement of my classroom (or learning community). A few of my professors have vouched for Pink and even directed me to a very interesting TEDTalk on what motivates us. So I am really curious to learn more about what he's got to say.
As far as 20% Time is concerned, I have decided to take it upon myself to learn a new language: German. For several years now, I have really become invested in German soccer, or the "Bundesliga." I love watching the games on my mobile app, but I feel distanced from the games because I simply cannot understand the commentators! I have acquired basic words just by listening consistently, but I feel like I would become so much more involved if I was familiar with the language. I also had the privilege of traveling to Munich over this past summer and I was enamored by the language and culture even further.
Shameless plug: I have maintained another 20% Time project over the past year dedicated to writing movie reviews, and I hope you will visit my site and see if my reviews interest you: Laymen Reviews. I always welcome new contributors to my site, so let me know if you are interested!
Moving forward, my blogs will be dedicated to either 20% Time and reading blogs, and you can filter each category by selecting from the options to the right. Otherwise, I am looking forward to wonderful semester i