A prompt often posed at meetings or conference sessions to illuminate the power of collaboration:
"Think back on a time when you engaged within a group that resulted in success."
"What were the conditions?"
Let's be honest, in our professional efforts we often intimate that the collaborative experience is a "feel good" one.
I think half the time we're as much trying to convince others as ourselves.
We also try to sell discussion, negotiation,
Welcome to the next installment in the ISLUX's Lower School's journey in Creating a Culture of Thinking. Much has happened since we were last together.
We looked carefully at the 2022 vision for the Lower school and sorted the stateme
Some say that teaching is 90% theft and 10% ingenuity. Theft. What a dreadful way to describe what we do. I'm sure you've used someone else's material or ideas, probably lots of times, but don't let anyone call you a thief. You are not this bunny.
My COETAIL journey. 2 courses down, 3 to go. So where am I with my new learnings and discoveries?
I enjoy the art of blogging and reading and responding to the insightful ideas and perspectives of people in our cohort and my new and in
I love the Grade 5 Who We Are unit because I always see the students grow in maturity over the unit. The Central Idea is:
Knowledge of the changes that occur during adolescence helps us become more responsible.
To begin with the students believe
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I used to think I could connect easily with my peers. It was presumptuous.
Now, I think that I was blinded by
I was looking for a partner to work with on this project. I'm not so good at reaching out to "strangers" but then again we come back to that first unit concept of "Stop Lurking and Start Learning" so I was going to bashfully try to connect with some
COURSE 5, FINAL PROJECT VIDEO
What were your goals for your project?
My main goal was to successfully and meaningfully collaborate with a class in New York. The students needed to be truly connected with their buddy an
I would like to begin by saying thank you to the COETAIL community for this experience! I have learned so much on this journey and I could not have done it without you all.
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I will be honest, when I began this COETAIL journey I really didn’t understand the whole community engagement piece. One of the first things I had to do was get a twitter account and post something?? Yikes! I was 45, and considered myself to be qui
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How can we use blogs as fertile fields for ideation?
I do believe that my thinking helps to push that of others. Sometimes in the way the
I must be the greatest procrastinator around. I have been meaning to write and it’s not as if there was a mind block. I had plenty of ideas but for some reason or other, kept putting it off. Enough!!!
When I wrote my
Whenever I hear the letters PLN as of late, I shudder a bit. Partly out of guilt (my PLN is still so small and I feel so guilty about that), and partly out of dread (my PLN is still so small and I am now starting to dread hearing PLN because it just
“Ideas are easy. It's the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats.”
― Sue Grafton
That talk was part of the 2016 Learning2 Conference, hosted in Saigon. Because the #learning2 community is so remarkably warm, I'v
I was very fortunate to be able to meet Grace, from Commack Middle School when I was in New York last summer. Even though we collaborated last year we had never met before.
We discussed what we thought needed improving from our
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It's 1.5 months into course 5 and I haven't written a single post. Its not because I didn't think about it or have a whole desktop dedica
For my final project, my teaching partner-in-crime and fellow Coetailer, Lydnsay Janzen, chose to revamp our Grade 4 Social Studies unit on Conflict and Resolution. One of the reasons we chose this unit is because (for a variety of reason) we di
As I near the end of course 1, I'm considering how I can get my students to collaborate more, to draw on each others' strengths, to mess around with technology, and to figure things out for themselves. My Grade 9 extended math class is currently le
With technology providing information at our fingertips, teaching and learning are undergoing a transformation. The role of the teacher is changing from instructor to facilitator. Technology has the potential to completely shift what learning lo
A few weeks ago I wrote about the connected networks of trees in this blog-post. It was the first of many a-ha! moments in the few short weeks of my COETAIL journey. My latest a-ha! moment came while reading Collaborative Learning for the Digital
There are currently over 80,000 Educational Apps on the iTunes store. 80,000+ AMAZING, INTIMIDATING, DIFFERENT, SIMILAR, DAUNTING APPS to choose from and more are coming every day! Part of me wants to run out, explore and go for it. The other pa
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As far as spaces go, twitter is a great place for educators.
Over the past decade, Twitter has become a 24/7 space for professional development.
A positive school culture and climate is no different than clean air and water. It is the basis for sustainable learning and preparation for the tasks and tests of life. Conversely, in a toxic school culture and climate, learning by all will not take
Here we are on another Friday afternoon. I've taken care of an apple for my afternoon snack and I'm ready to reflect.
I'm finding my most difficult challenge to be the part of the job that I also like the most. The constant change of attention
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Working with CoETaIL has really pushed my boundaries. Even though I floundered (more times than I can remember) it has been an amazing roller coaster ride so far
When Is the last time you told a friend, colleague, or student: "I'll be your audience"?
Last Monday, the third #teacherbookclub chat (Via Twitter) hosted the extraordinary co-author of Launch, John Spencer.
If you are in education and you h
My colleague, Valerie, recently share a blogpost framing her thoughts for our recent graduating class. I thought I'd add a little #kindling to that campfire:
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It is hard to believe that Course 4 is already over. Throughout this part of the course I have been reflecting on two main ideas that I have always wanted to try in my classroom, one centered on the principles of SAMR, and the other revolving aroun
Every Wednesday afternoon, I walked a little slower than usual out of Jackson Elementary. The girls with teal uniforms crowded around a table in the library resource room. I wanted that sash. I needed that sash. Alas, it was not to be.
My mom woul
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Those familiar with the fine art of bonsai know that when it is potted, it is meant to be planted off center--to leave roo
@johndalesio I believe in you, John. If anyone has something to say, it's you.
— Valerie Koch (@valerie_koch) May 24, 2016
On one cloudy Tuesday afternoon, six teachers skipped lunch, and instead had some thought for food. Using Sonya ter
I had many different ideas and thoughts about what I wanted to do for the final project. I decided another unit plan was the best option for me, but then I needed to figure out who to collaborate with. I know from reading many of their blogs that Hol
Technology: A metaphorical Enzyme
SAMR focuses on the use of technology in the classroom.
TPACK zooms out and looks at how technology integrates with content and pedagogy.
I'd like to zoom out further to think about
Technology acting as a
Your classroom walls DO talk. What will they say about the learning experiences you want to have together?
For those familiar with The Third Teacher Book, you've probably been toying around with redesign concepts for your learning space. Maybe y
My mentor, a 30-year-veteran Librarian from Kansas, talks about teaching trends with annoyance and an eye-roll. "Every 10 or 15 years, a trend comes back, labeled as something else, and we're expected to try it again, even though it didn't work the f
At the start of this school year, The Syrian refugee crisis in Europe was reaching its pinnacle in terms of media attention and pleas for support. A parent was involved with “Backpacks for Syria” (similar ideas, with different names have spread
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Authentic learning through real-world ideas, group work, multidisciplinary knowledge, problem solving, creativity, evaluation and presentation, are what I understa
Last Thursday, my colleague, John, wanted to take an hour to just chat all things education. Like the quick talk from Derek Slvers above, John has a flexible mindset. More schools need more educators who are willing to slinky their way out of t
I’m currently reading a book (for fun!) called Lit Up by a journalist named David Denby. He’s not an educator, nor does he claim to have educational expertise, but as an educator, I am completely ent
We've embraced learning walks as a tool to build collaborative culture, learn and grow together, share practice and reflect. Beginning with literacy, we have now designed learning walk guide sheets that define and articulate our vision. As we tes
In my ideal world, I would have iPads in my classroom for my kiddos so that they can use them regularly and tech usage would be student-centered instead of teacher-centric. But alas! I have just one iPad (mine) and one computer to wo
I dove into Problem Based Learning this week. As an administrator sometimes I feel like I am constantly solving problems--lots of people come to me with their problems on a daily basis. I love Problem Based Learning (PBL) and when I was a teacher
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I recently watched CeleSTE Headlee's phenomenal TED talk on better ways to talk to people:
I'm hoping you took the twelve minutes to enjoy it as well
Just as we use student data to inform our instruction in the classroom, the same is true for our own learning journey. The last five years have been a steep learning curve with respect to the use of technology in the classroom. I’ve moved to a
What is TECHNOLOGY Integration?
“Technology integration is the use of technology resources -- computers, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, digital cameras, social media platforms and networks, software applications, the Internet, etc.
Its always a challenge to work on a project that relies on creating a project with others that will be completed by someone else who has to ask another group for their participation in order to complete the project. Huh?
It creates a bit of a ta
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
― Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
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When I fi
This post will be in two parts.
Course 3 was by far the most interesting in the courses that we’ve done so far. For that matter all the choices for the Final Project got me excited and initially I had a difficult time deciding what I wanted to d
Last week I was busy thinking about, deciding on and planning a meaningful collaborative project with my young Early Years students and another class at my school. Now, my "school" is actually 3 separate campuses somewhat spread about in Central Sw
“When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense.”
― Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam
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Well Hellllooooo Course 5. It's so nice to see you! Even though I have been watching you in my rear-view mirror for a while and you are now pulling alongside of me, I am determined to finish strong and not let you pass me by. While I could have (
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...for I have sinned. It's been too many days since my last blog post. Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea culpa.
In my de
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This March, join a movement to collaborate and create.
If you are willing and interested in ne