01 Mar Slice of Life: Just the Suspense Freaks You Out #SOL18
Congratulations!! We made it to Day One of Thirty-One. It may seem odd to be celebrating on day one, but when it comes to a challenge I think the anticipation is often the worst part. Once you are in it, you figure it out. I love this video of a girl’s first ski jump. How many of us felt like her last night or this morning?
The Slice of Life community is that coach standing by our sides listening, encouraging, and assuring. There is the #TWTBlog team, the Welcome Wagon, and our fellow slicers. Yesterday, Melanie Meehan empathized with our self-doubt and nudged those of us who were still unsure.
If you are in … we just made it down the jump. Thirty days seems like nothing now! It’s just a bigger Tuesday is all! If you are still at top of the jump, wondering if you should join this challenge, watch the video again. Listen to her voice. Feel her sense of accomplishment. You’ve got this!!
Tammy and I love using this video in discussions with teachers and students. It is the perfect example of scaffolding. The coach did not explicitly teach anything in this clip. He is simply there as she takes the next step towards independence. She learns nothing new in this clip. She is simply walking herself through the process, clarifying, and convincing herself she can do it. Her stance is a big part of her success. The coach gave her as much time as she needed and was careful not to interject or rescue her.
For all of us who have ever experienced this sense of suspense, it is important to remember it is a part of learning, taking on a challenge or trying something for the first time. As teachers, we need to plan for our students to practice independence. They need time to get the gumption to give it a go on their own and time to reflect, revise, celebrate and try again.
Here … We… GOOOOOOOOO!
Thank you to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Melanie, Lisa and Lanny for creating this community and providing this space for teachers and others to share their stories every day in March and on Tuesdays throughout the year.