Add to that all of the video clips on brain science/learning we're watching and analyzing, journals we're writing, and discussions we're having, and it gets to be a lot. For them and for me.
I touched on this in an earlier post, but many times in my class, I know it feels like we're zooming from one big project to another, without a lot of connection. It even feels like that to me sometimes.
But I love watching the web we're weaving come together. I love watching student after student get hooked into what we're about in this class. Even when I feel incredibly scattered, and the students are in 3 different classrooms with colleagues who can monitor them, plus in the computer lab next door and in my room reading and recording and creating, I have to keep the endpoint in mind.
For a class that's driving at purely student-centered, there isn't really an Endpoint With A Capital E. There are things I want to talk about with them, with respect to the book. I want them to be able to read closely and analytically, and I want them to find something they love and pursue it and share that passion with everyone around them. The endpoint is I want you to know how to learn, both personally and academically.
I just have to remind myself sometimes that the road to that place isn't straight. It's twisted, it's bumpy, and it's chaotic. And even on the days when I feel like I'm juggling about five balls more than my skill level allows, I am still convinced it's worth it.