Yesterday was a pretty great day for me. I had my first Homeschool Hangout…a place where homeschool kids can spend time at the library. We did a tour, talked books, and played with LittleBits. During the program, I asked what sort of things they’d like to do and playing with robots and computer coding came up. Verdict: I didn’t panic.
Yesterday afternoon I met with an instructional coach for the local school district. He’s been witness to some of the technology realia we have (Cubelets, Dash and Dot, Beebots, etc.). We met to discuss how we could incorporate these materials with a sixth grade class at one of his schools. We met for about 90 minutes, playing together, bouncing ideas off one another. It was a great collaboration and I learned a lot from him. That’s not new. But what blew me away was his comment that he learned from me. What? How is that possible? We ended our meeting with two and possibly three different collaborations in the schools next month.
This morning, the lightbulb went off. I’ve been faking this technology stuff for about 18 months, and finally, it’s stuck. The faking it til I make it? I think it hit. Now, am I as knowledgeable as Jacquie? Not on your life. But I’m right where I need to be.
Everything we’ve talked about on Robot Test Kitchen: failing and trying again, perseverance, being open to new things. It’s all come together.