Two weeks ago, the weatherman said Spring was here. So why did I wake up to snow in my front yard last week? Apparently, predicting the weather is hard. Or at least accurately predicting the weather is. Just ask Punxsutawney Phil.
As a former teacher, I know teaching is also hard– legitimately. It’s long hours, stacks of papers, boxes of Kleenex, and sometimes it can get pretty sticky (especially after lunch). By the time April arrives, we teachers start counting down the days to summer break with just as much enthusiasm as our students (sometimes more). Despite the challenges, what always kept me going was how many magical moments happen in classrooms in the Spring.
If you’re a teacher, you know what I mean. Students are making real connections, lightbulbs are turning on— it’s a season of breakthroughs. We see real understanding as they put together all the pieces we’ve been working on all year. Sometimes we’ll float out of school, high on all the learning that happened that day.
Every class has those moments or hours or days when teaching and learning seem effortless. We’re creating, sharing, discussing. Students are empowered, owning and controlling their own learning. Suddenly, it’s not work anymore. Our goal and hope is that Canvas makes those moments more frequent.
We recently talked with Cheryl Yeatts, a high school teacher at Rockingham school district in North Carolina. She shared some of the magic in her classroom and we can’t help but be inspired by the power of what she’s doing with and for students. It’s just some good old-fashioned, lightbulbs-turning-on, walls-breaking-down, connections-being-made Springtime magic. You know the kind.
If you have a story about how Canvas has changed your teaching, I’d love to hear it.