The phrase "bucket list" was made popular with the 2007 movie "The Bucket List," starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Both of the characters they portrayed were terminally ill and decided to take a road trip to fulfill their wish lists before they "kicked the bucket."
David Kapuler has written a blog post--David Kapuler's Bucket List of Online Education Resources--(Tech & Learning, January 23, 2013) suggesting resources to explore for an educator's online bucket list. He has included websites under a variety of headings:
Lists, such as the one supplied by Kapuler, save teachers valuable time and offer the latest technology at their fingertips.
Do you need resources for a specific subject? Do you wish to visit a certain place (country) to benefit your teaching? Do you need facts about the best hardware and/or software to meet your classroom students' needs? Are you looking for opportunities for professional development?
Please share your bucket list as an educator!
Hi Christine and Nadia,
I think the movie "The Bucket List" is well worth watching and appropriate for any age. Although the story has some sad moments since the main characters are terminally ill, it is also funny in places and keeps the viewer guessing as to what will happen next.
The movie also provides good food for thought since it makes a person stop and think about what he/she would like to accomplish during a lifetime. Perhaps there are things in each of our lives that should be prioritized so that when we face death, we know for certain that we have fulfilled our purpose and enjoyed every day.
I currently teach adult students ESOL. My bucket list this year is:
1.To find better ways to make learning relevant to their reality.
2. Have a conversation RICH classroom.
3. Show them how to use technology to foster learning.
4. Continue to move forward, wherever the journey takes me.
I also agree with Christine. I would like to see the movie "The Bucket List."
Nadia A. Quddus
This is a wonderful list, and I would encourage any teacher to follow your bucket list. I noticed you teach adults, but making learning relevant to any age student is so important. If students understand why they need to know something, it makes it easier to teach them.
I also like your idea that conversations in the classroom should be RICH; again this leads to students buying into their education and helps them take ownership of what they are learning.
You sound like a very optimistic person and care deeply about your students and their learning environment.
Do you have any specific technologies that you use with the adult ESOL students?
Thanks for sharing your bucket list.
I received the email from you and sent a reply to you from my email address. Did you get it? Maybe I was supposed to respond here. My response was, I used a tape recorder to tape my students so they could hear themselves. They also had to, every 2 weeks, give a talk on something relevant to their lives. They loved it and it was also a self correcting tool. So although it wasn't what I'd consider high tech, it achieved the desired results.
Sorry I did not receive your email but responding as you did in this discussion is great. That way I can read your answer to my question about technology use with adult ESOL students and others also can benefit from your response. Sharing ideas with each other is what makes the Thinkfinity Community so relevant for educators.
Thanks for letting us know about using a tape recorder with your students. That is a project idea that others can use and hopefully experience the same success that you had with your students.
Using technology to foster learning of adult students doesn't always work. I added some computer technology games with one of my adult students. He felt very self conscious and embarrassed. We met in the Public Library. I enjoyed reading your responses and your bucket list.
I received the email from you and sent a reply to you from my email address. Did you get it? Maybe I was supposed to respond here. My response was, I used a tape recorder to tape my students so they could hear themselves. They also had to every 2 weeks give a talk on something relevant to their lives. They loved it and it was also a self correcting tool. So although it wasn't what I'd consider high tech, it achieved the desired results. I always make sure that they are comfortable and give feedback. I 'm sure there are some activities for ESOL adults, that are more technology based on the internet.