Why I do what I do…
I’m slowly wading into the weekend of comment writing, which I’ve turned into a long process of carefully going through students’ self assessments, reading through their post-game analyses, and giving feedback on their daily work before I start writing anything about them. And of course, I can’t stop blogging. I just came across this piece of feedback when on a self assessment when I asked a student to write his/her own comment. This is why I do all that I do, and it’s why I’m not all that concerned when I realize the semester is half over and we are just getting to unit 3.
In physics, we are not learning to memorize equations or formulas. We are not learning how to freak out about something difficult or how to forget what we have done so far. Instead, we are learning physics with an approach and at angle that most teachers do not use. We are not focusing on grades because your only grade is what is given at the end of the grading period. We are striving to accept mistakes and learn from what we did not necessarily understand previously. I believe I have contributed to this atmosphere in a positive way. I feel as though I am a strong group member who wants all of these things for herself as well as other people. I would like to work to get things done and am willing to struggle, ask questions, and work extra hard to do so. I want to bring the best of my ability to class each day and want to learn. I am eager to know how to solve a problem but am also eager on becoming a confident masterer. I am willing to overcome bumps and obstacles along the way by maintaining a positive attitude and growth mindset. The knowledge I am gaining is on physics, but it is mainly also on life as a whole. I am learning the importance of things, how to succeed from failure, and how to become a better student who enjoys what they are doing. I have learned that I am a scientist even though I never thought I could be before. I am realizing qualities and characteristics about myself and the world while learning physics…who would have thought?
And I love, love, love the idea of being a confident masterer.