Monday, July 22, 2013

#LearningSummit - Day 1

Here are some Twitter highlights from the MCCSC Learning Summit using the hashtag #INeLearn

@MissPhillips3: "Educators need to be different, not better." @willrich45 #INeLearn #learningsummit

@lilyalbright: Are doing creative things through technology and passing THE test mutually exclusive? I don't think so. #INeLearn #learningsummit

@MrKrisWalsh: In the modern age, we don't need to worry about making kids "college ready" they need to be learning ready #inelearn #pcelearn @willrich45

@Abbyseif: #learningsummit Will Richardson talking about an inquiry-based classroom! Let's go there mccsc! Make public schools competitive.

@MissPhillips3: Find out what students wonder about.  Use this to create inquiry-based learning opportunities. #INeLearn #learningsummit

@MissPhillips3: Educators need professional networks full of diverse people to pull information from the world. #INeLearn #learningsummit

@hoosiertay: @willrich45 "Your classroom should become more like Shark Tank or Chopped."  On-the-spot creativity.  #learningsummit #INeLearn

@CameronRains: "Kids are entitled to their own mental images" Susan Zimmerman #learningsummit

@hoosiertay: @willrich45 paraphase:"Do we really need to split students into grade levels; education into subjects-Eng., Math, SS, Sci.?" #learningsummit

@lilyalbright: Are our students sharing their work in the real world? They should be! #INeLearn  #learningsummit

@Abbyseif: #learningsummit "Our goal is to have avid readers." Make reading joyful.

@saraikristi: Plan what kids will learn, not just what they will do #learningsummit

@lilyalbright: I'm trying to embrace: "We can't be creative if we refuse to be confused. Change starts w/confusion." @willrich45 My brain hurts. Well done!

@JohnHudson42: If your lesson can be "Khan-ified" is it really worth teaching to begin with? #INeLearn @willrich45

@JohnHudson42: 5yrs ago Students had to go to school to get an education. Not the case any more. So educators, we must adapt or become obsolete #INeLearn

@MissPhillips3: All of our students have background knowledge.  It just may not be the knowledge you expect/want them to have. S. Zimmerman #learningsummit

@JohnHudson42: Teachers are everywhere. Learners are everywhere. Classrooms are everywhere. #INeLearn

@JohnHudson42: Top Learning Tools in 2012. How many of the Top 10 do you incorporate in your classroom? #INeLearn

@JohnHudson42: What you ought to be learning at schools is you don't need to be taught in order to learn #INeLearn @willrich45

@JohnHudson42: We have to change our expectations for ourselves and our colleagues for tech integration. We need non-negotiables for everyone #INeLearn

@JohnHudson42: Most technology problems aren't technology problems. Use technology to enhance our learning, not shut out the world around us. #INeLearn

@JohnHudson42: @willrich45 "Computers should be used to amplify human potential." Quoting @garystager #INeLearn

@JohnHudson42: @willrich45 "There has never been a better time to be a learner." #INeLearn

@JohnHudson42: @willrich45 "Schools can give every child an iPad and still give digital worksheets. That is a real problem." #INeLearn

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Moving to a New School

Toward the end of this past school year, I was given the opportunity to move to another school in our district.  It's nearly twice the size, yet, they are very similar in lots of areas.  At first I was hesitant about the move with all of the unknowns.  Moving to a new school means learning a new staff, school culture, students, parents, etc.  Not to mention I would be following a very very strong leader who is well liked and excellent at what he does.  After a few conversations with friends and family, I decided to take the opportunity and accepted the move.  I'm looking forward to the challenges of 'starting over' yet at the same time, joining an excellent school community.  I'm excited to begin my work and I will be keeping a blog journal about the transition.  Hope you decide to follow along.