Collaborative inquiry is a powerful design for professional learning that supports the notion of teacher leadership as it recognizes the role of teachers in on-going school improvement. It provides a systematic approach for teachers to explore issues and determine resolutions through shared inquiry, reflection, and dialogue. Rather than being merely consumers of research and the professional knowledge that accompanies it, teachers engaged in collaborative inquiry become producers and disseminators of knowledge.
Personalized learning is on the rise for learners in our schools. Redesigned schools include personal learning plans, playlists of content tailored to fit each learner, adaptive curriculum, and access to learning anytime and anywhere. That's great for students but what about teachers? Where's the pe
" All of these education reform policies suggest that no field of education even exists."
"Both teachers and students can and will benefit from education reform that focuses on the conditions of learning that honor “autonomy, mastery, and purpose” in ways that allow for failure, revision, and unpredictable outcomes—none of which are fostered in the efficiency model that historically and currently corrupts education reform."
Engagement doesn't happen because our story is so compelling. It happens when the people we’re addressing see themselves in the story. And it’s much easier for that to happen when we put them into the story from the get-go.
The Process: First, the teachers generate pedagogy-related questions based on student needs. Then the facilitator creates coordinating prompts to jumpstart a team session. And the team collaboration evolves from there.
Why wait for a formal workshop environment to start improving your teaching craft, when there are so many opportunities to build your network and learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
Build your own learning seems to be where it's at! Here is a nice collection of resources for educators to do just that!
Videos can be powerful tools for learning. They allow the teacher to have a crystal clear picture of his/her reality. They allow the teacher to learn FROM themselves and to set a well-defined goal that is student focused. Read the article for six tips that will help you perfect your ability to learn from videotaping.
The 4T Virtual Conference is looking for Lightning Session presenters.
What is the 4T Virtual Conference, you ask?
The 4TVirtualCon is an opportunity for educators from across the globe to connect, network, and learn from each other about issues in technology education using the Eluminate platform. The conference is sponsored by Oakland Schools and the University of Michigan School of Education. The conference is FREE and OPEN to all educators. Most sessions will be targeted to K-12 practicing and preservice teachers. The conference will be held virtually—no plane tickets, no hotel fees! The preconference workshops will begin on Saturday, May 17th and continues through 9:00 p.m. on Monday, May 19th. Attend as few or as many sessions as you like. While the conference is free and open, registration is required. In addition, interested educators can get SB CEU’s by attending the virtual conference.
What is a Lightning Session and how do you become a presenter?
These sessions are 60 minutes in length, but have 2 to 4 presenters in each session. Sessions concern specific web tools, a method or approach (such as (BYOD) or a project that you have done with technology. You do not need to apply in a group. Rather, you can simply apply for a 15 to 20 minute segment of the lightning session. If selected, we will group you with other presenters presenting on similar topics.To apply, submit your brief application online by February 20th.
Hope to see lots of you presenting virtually in May! Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
Please forward this opportunity to other ed tech savvy educators who might be interested. Thanks!
The National School Reform Faculty promotes the use of Critical Friends Groups, a specific type of professional learning community, to empower educators and have a direct positive impact on students, classrooms and student performance.
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
Everything you could want to know about Critical Friends Group: A a professional learning community consisting of approximately 8-12 educators who come together voluntarily at least once a month for about 2 hours. Group members are committed to improving their practice through collaborative learning.
I am looking more deeply into this as I contemplate how to do my work (supporting educator's) better.