I am competitive. I am UBER competitive! Any time I play a sport, a board game or even have a class competition with my students, you will hear me screaming like Bobby Knight. I am the loud mouth that is trash talking and pumping my fist. I scoff at people who introduce a game and say, “It is not about winning or losing – it is all about being a good sport.”
There is a small caveat with my agressive nature. I am competitive as long as I am good at the sport/game! I love to challenge boys to a game of basketball and baseball (I have been playing since I was teething), yet I avoid people who golf (just can’t hit that tiny ball)! I show NO mercy to my middle school students as they play card games with me, however I run away from those brainiacs that want to play trivial pursuit. I love to water ski and am a bit of a show off, but mock snowboarders since I can’t ever maintain my balance long enough to ski/topple down the hill.
Then comes my dilemma with my CoETaIL class! I hate admitting that I don’t know something and it hurts even more when I thought I was finally stepping out of the amateur stage; like 21st century learning!
I have a love/hate relationship with the “T” word (technology). I have taken professional development classes, I have purchased the latest and greatest gadgets and I have even humbled myself by asking my 17 year old niece for help. I kind of thought I was cornering the market with tech. I could feel the trash talking coming on.
Enter, Jeff Utecht.
Saturday morning was mostly a haze: Blogs, links, Google Reader, RSS feed, three years old is obsolete, Google a day (stupid game), Google searches, teaching cursive only in the art classes, validity of websites, Twitter….. Tweeter….. forget it, I have no more WIT to TWIT anything!
By 4pm I felt like I had just been schooled on the elementary playground.
Probably the one thing I fear MORE than not excelling at something is to get to the point in my life when I GIVE UP on learning!
Thankfully, I am not ready to throw in the towel with 21st century learning. So, here we go! One tech-laden key stroke after another!
Bring it on CoETaIL Seoul! I eat courses like you for lunch!