Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Quiet Activity and Posts
First, I must say that it was luxurious to have 20 minutes of quiet time to work on something. I have not had 20 minutes of quiet work time for a very, very long time. No place is safe- at home it is the giggles or wails of my baby, at work it its my (awesome yet very determined) colleagues knocking at my door. I have even trained myself to seek out the noise...when I recently visited the Queens Library to get some work done in silence, I found myself plugged into Spotify listening to Metallica!
It is great to read the thoughtful posts of my colleagues, Mark and Maria. It seems that we all understand the importance of creating opportunities for “Quiet connections” but are not sure exactly how we can or will go about doing it. To be honest, I understand the notion of quiet time, and of allowing someone to work independently, without the noise that classmates, technology and I as the instructor throw into the mix. However, how can we have students connect quietly? If we are simply discussing writing vs speaking, then that is relatively easy. However, if that is not what we are considering, I am at a loss as to how we can do this. What evidence will we have that students made this connection? It may be the “extrovert” in me, or the business background, but what results will we be able to observe? I don’t deny that there may be ways to do this, I just humbly admit I am unaware of them and look forward to hearing everyone’s ideas.