Day 145, Friday, May 15, 2009
As I was scanning a favorite teacher blog this morning, I came across a post about how useful YouTube can be to an English teacher – and very quickly I understood why. In no more than ten minutes, I found at least a dozen excellent videos about everything from paragraph development to the poems of Rilke to the functions of participles. They were short, organized, informative, and entertaining – and, of course, completely free. I gave a little shout and a clap of the hands as I sat on the couch at home and discovered one helpful video after another. It was just a small discovery, I guess, this YouTube gold mine, but to me it felt like a huge door had just swung open. Luckily, a lot of those doors seem to be opening for me lately. Perhaps I’m simply turning the doorknobs more often.