Okay, it's Wednesday, and Friday is the last day of our 2 week workshop. Here are random teaching thoughts that have floated around in my head while it's being crammed with electronic information:
1. Hey workshop participant, you don't have to voice every thought that passes through your brain. ALL the way through our class from 8am - 5pm.
2. Linking new information to a good story or visual is a great latch. For example, on certain IC chips (details not relevant to the story), there are two inputs that serve a certain purpose. If they're "activated" they basically take over in a certain way. So our cool teacher spun this tale about Zeus and Hades and said that the gods don't "follow the clock", so when they wake up, whatever they want goes, and Zeus is "higher" so things change to 1 whenever he wakes up, and Hades is "lower", so things change to 0 whenever he wakes up. They're gods, and do what they want. When they go back to sleep, the IC chip pattern follows the clock again. So now whenever I come across these certain "pins" in my homework, DING, I think back to Zeus and Hades, and the information of how to proceed is immediately available to my head.
3. Perseverance is key. My table mate and I were pushing through and seeming to struggle with breadboards for the LONGEST time. Note: we finally and successfully completed the assignment, but the thing that sticks in my mind is somewhere after 4 days, one of the teachers said, "well, you know, you can use this OTHER automated breadboard and don't have to continue to fiddle with these ones". What I HEARD was, "hey, dummy, now that you can't handle the hard stuff, here's the baby version that may be more your speed." Well, that put additional light under my butt and I refused and was ultimately successful and proud of myself, versus if I gave up and settled for the easy way out. Also note to self, don't make the same suggestions of any sort to my students. DO mention that overcoming something hard will make you better.
4. pandora.com ROCKS .... especially at 12:30am when you're finishing your homework, and yes, I'm late to the game.
5. I love meeting new people and hearing various cool things about their lives or experiences and occasionally meeting new friends and laughing so hard I have to pee.