OK, now the link to the video in the last post should work… I tested it last week, but when I went back, it didn’t open to the clip of (me reading from) my book. Now it does. It’s well done, given my self-conscious belief that I am the goofiest-looking person on the planet.
I’m taking a class at the community college where I teach. The class certifies us to teach online classes as part of a state-wide effort to improve them. So I’m learning a lot about online class design, incorporating images and videos, and in another week or so, creating videos. Like everyone else, I need to do things that earn money. I don’t actually teach any online classes, so being told to take this training class felt like a sidetrack. I’ve been thinking about it, however. Substitute the word “class” for “blog” or “website”, and those lessons suddenly become a lot more relevant. Useful concepts, tools, and practices that I can really use.
I realize that most of my students feel the same way about English class: a sidetrack in the way of earning money. I work really hard to show them how the class is relevant and useful to them (everyone communicates, and how well they do impacts their success on the job, as a citizen, as a consumer, etc.) It was humbling to have to apply the same adjustment to myself. I switched from grumbling about the work of learning to finding ways to use the learning. Finding the usefulness of where you are and what you’re doing can change a chore into an opportunity.