#SOL18: It Depends!


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We should do it!

It depends . . .

Was it our choice?

We are already doing our best.

It depends . . .

Is it our “Freedom of choice” or “Required”?

It does work.

It depends . . . 

How it is implemented?

It may suck the JOY out of life.

It depends . . .

Who makes the choices?

The purchase price was high.

It depends . . . 

How are time and resources valued?

Our decision-making criteria are in place.

It depends . . .

When must we decide?

It’s time for research.

It depends . . .

When will we begin?

Today I am curious.  A tweet from @rrcna_org.

Gravity Goldberg.

Same words I heard 10 days ago at #CCIRA . . .

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Do we ask the right questions? 

Do we wait for the answers? 

Do we begin to shop around? 

Do we give up our autonomy? 

Are we outsourcing our teaching decisions?

Have we lost our faith in our own decisions? 

Have you named your non-negotiables?

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Read back through but start with “When will we begin?” and read UP.

Does it change when the question for each verse is first instead of last?

Do you like it better the first way or the second?

31 responses

  1. Cool format! It felt like a found poem to me in some ways. I was trying to decide what the topic was…..first thoughts were related to gun control until I got to Gravity’s tweet. The whole TPT/Pinterest discussion is fascinating, as I have purchased things off of TPT and looked on Pinterest for ideas. For me, part of the problem is time. If I had endless time and one subject to teach, I think I could plan more independently. Teaching 3rd grade and every subject, with a chock-full scope and sequence in every subject, I run out of time to plan everything. Seeing other creative options teachers have come up with for my subject area sometimes helps and sometimes I purchase. You have me thinking now….

    1. For me, it’s those who choose to go to TpT in search of the “perfect X” and then bemoan the fact that they “don’t have time” to implement the learning from PD. There’s no “one size fits all” so everything takes some work in order to really match up with the students! (And of course the other “TpT” gritch is about the blatant plagiarism!)

  2. This is a fascinating way to write a post. How did you do it? All questions we need to keep asking.

    1. Margaret,
      It was originally all questions except for the “It depends.” And then I was remembering several items that read forward or backwards. It was so much harder than I ever believed. But yet in a challenging, kinda fun way! ❤

  3. Your creative and thoughtful posts always draw me in. You also remind me to experiment with form and format (important reminders as March approaches). I like your questions and parameters.

    1. Thanks, Erika!
      Playing with words has always been a passion! And I love that technology really makes it to easy to play with form and format!

  4. Intriguing post format! Until I read more closely, I thought you were considering curriculum purchases, not TPT or Pinterest. It made me ponder the idea that perhaps we outsource our teaching with those purchases as well. You left me thinking…

    1. I wonder if it’s the search for
      “MORE” or
      “BETTER” or
      “EASIER” . . .
      But the answer seems to be much closer . . . in the eyes and ears of our students!

  5. Oh, oh, oh, I loved this format! Have you see this video? I use it in my grad classes about the power of intervention and how it just takes one teacher to reverse things in a positive way for students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42E2fAWM6rA

    You have really go me thinking this morning, Fran! I did not see that tweet and I appreciate the thinking it has started!

    1. Stephanie,
      Wow! I love that palindrome poem. Maybe I had seen that “name” before! Thanks for the link! ❤

  6. I always leave here with more questions than answers, Fran! That is the sign of a good post!

    I love the reverse thinking. There is a poem that I always use when I teach tone/mood. It has a positive and negative view to how we view the world and our place in it. I just saw Stephanie’s comment and wonder if it is the same??

    1. I just out the link and it is the same! Love that one!

    2. So many choices and I totally forgot that I could break lines in other places. What was I NOT thinking! Thanks, Leigh Anne!

  7. The idea of outsourcing teaching through programs was the truth your poem uncovered in my heart. I’m struggling with being held accountable to a program and losing my ability to trust my decision making. This spoke to me.

    1. Stay strong! There is nothing that replaces teacher judgement. When we look at Hattie’s research, the teacher is still the most important aspect of student learning!

  8. Oh my gosh! At the end of the day I don’t think I can make one more choice. I can tell you that the tweet resounds with me. It is one thing to not reinvent the wheel, but often finding just the right tool for the needs of the kids in the room takes as much time as searching for it.

    1. Kristi, I wonder how we can better re-purpose that time! Maybe we just need better free-sourced indexes that organize materials better!

  9. I heard Gravity speak at CCIRA and it was a real treat. She’s so brilliant!

    1. I appreciate the reminder to “stop and think” about the message if Pinterest and TpT are the go to sources for teaching materials. What else is available for assistance that is free, based on research and possibly curated? Have you already utilized the resources available to you?

      And yes, I heard Gravity in a panel at NCTE and just had to hear MORE! ❤

  10. Another thought provoking post. It makes me wonder about answers. Do we seek answers based on our own experiences? Do we look to others for answers. If we don’t like the answers we get do we make excuses for not following through?

    1. I worry about this in my own practice . . . a lot. Do I only want the answers that validate my beliefs? And therefore, discount all the rest of the answers? So much to consider!!!

  11. Since my retirement almost four years ago, this community has become my circle of colleagues. I am fascinated by what I learned today and awed that you are all so continuously engaged in renewing your practice and reflecting on it. What an interesting format for inquiry you have discovered and shared today.

    1. It’s such a great community of learners, writers, and thinkers! So fun to think of different ways to use my own models in the future! 🙂

  12. This made more sense to me reading from the bottom up, and then I was nodding in agreement. My frustration is that the time teachers spend searching TPT and/or Pinterest would be much better spent reading a professional book and/or planning their own lesson!

    1. Exactly, Catherine! That was Gravity’s point. You could be done and have moved on with time to spare! 🙂

  13. Love this – love how you’ve played around with questions, language, and structure. So appropriate for the complicated thought process of planning instruction. : )

    1. Thanks, Beth.
      I did NOT use a graphic organizer though that might have helped. i’m going to play some more with palindromes. Shorter ones are easier! 🙂

  14. Clever format…an up and down poem that works so well!! You have raised the bar!!

    1. Sally,
      I’m trying to keep adding to my repertoire! I continue to be a work in progress! 🙂

  15. I love the way you inspire us to ask questions and challenge ourselves to be our more responsive selves when thinking about the kids in front of us. Pleas do NOT use a graphic organizer!

    1. I can’t remember the last time I used a graphic organizer. It’s been quite a while . . . many years! I’m still amazed by “literacy folks” that require a graphic organizer as evidence of planning. It just does NOT work for me! NOT at all! And thanks, Melanie, because I dearly love “thinking readers”.

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