Mid-semester analysis and reflections

One of the trends I’ve seen over the course of the semester is how topics we discuss in class serendipitously appear in my life. It seems that once I start thinking about something, it turns up in my life. While this does not directly relate to the class content, I do think it has something to do with how my brain works. The idea of the global learner, who scans the environment, gobbling up data in the background, who then makes leaps of understanding – that is how I felt when I noticed some of the topics I’ve written about and studied pop up.

The first did not actually happen first, but it was such a giant coincidence that I could hardly believe it. About a week before I wrote my “In the News” post and about a week after I posted the Think Tank #4 about flipped classrooms, a co-worker came over to my desk to talk to me about something work related. This quickly devolved into a chat about our families/lives when she randomly started talking about the future of education  – the flipped classroom. I was surprised because I hadn’t seen anything in the non-ed-tech news, but she had seen something and for whatever reason started to talking to me about it. She was very enthusiastic and was telling me all about what it was (although she was a little light on specifics) when another coworker came to my desk to ask me a work-related question. She is fresh out of college, graduated last August, about a thousand years after me and the first coworker finished our undergrad. I thought she would have some experience with the concept, but it seems none of her professors experimented with flipping. In fact, she thought it was a terrible idea because she needs to have her professor in front of her during a lecture so she can ask questions as s/he goes along. She learns better that way. It really made me think about how can we, as instructors, make sure that we’re allowing enough opportunities for all of our students to be able to learn effectively. Are we incorporating several methods of instruction that cater to different learning styles?

The second serendipitous moment was not quite as profound, but was so enjoyable I chased it down a rabbit hole and spent at least an hour Googling “Myers Briggs chart.” The Marvel Myers Briggs chart popped up in my Facebook newsfeed not too long after I took the Humanmetrics personality test. As I mentioned in that post, there are so many charts out there that you can relate your MBTI type to. My favorite was the Marvel one, and there were some I didn’t mention in that post, like the Star Wars chart, the My Little Pony chart, the Downton Abby chart (Anna!), and, oh my goodness, I’ve gone down the rabbit hole again.

The last moment I had was just this morning when I got frustrated with my husband for not knowing where on the page the login link was. I tried to explain that most websites share a certain structure that puts certain parts in certain places. You just need to pay a little bit of attention and you can put it in a website layout bucket, for lack of a better term. Apparently I see patterns in everything, a trait of an intuitive global learner, as I mentioned in my earlier post. He put it a different way. According to my husband, my brain is always on, always making observations and recording information. He said he would go crazy if that were him. 

I just smiled and for once in my life showed some of that tact that “feelers” are supposedly know for. But inside my overactive brain I thought “too late.”
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