Last night, after an amazing Virtual Classroom Visit debriefing shared by a connected 4th grade teacher, Patti Grayson, I watched one of the few television programs I make time for called “Elementary”. It is a modern day take on Sherlock Holmes and each time I watch I learn something. Last night there was a scene where Watson comes home to find Sherlock in the bathroom with all his data pasted on the wall, the floor and surrounding him. He is not using the bathroom for its normal purposes, rather he has just forced himself to change things up so that a stroke of genius or creativity about the case will break through. I immediately think of Deacon.

Who is Deacon?
I am leading a mini version of our year long Connected Learner Experience called PLP Lite.  It is a less expensive option with a shorter time frame — a burst of connected change. It requires those who are participating to go big or go home because things happen at such a fast pace. I had to laugh out loud when one of the participants, Deacon Klemme, a teacher in Minnesota, sent me this. I can’t wait to see what comes of his bold move.

Well, I think I might be outdoing myself this time. I’ll have to wait and see. I was thinking about last night’s class and how to continue to “let go” of the traditional style of teaching and become more collaborative. Well, it hit me today. We had a superintendent a few years ago whose outside the box thinking scared many people. Once he asked, “Imaging teaching in a classroom without desks. How would you do it? What would need to happen?” I’m going to try it out. Forcing myself to let go.

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So what bold move have you tried lately on behalf of kids? What are you doing to get out of your comfort zone and shake things up?

 

 

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Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

During a 25-year education career, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice, where she works with schools and districts from around the world to re-envision their learning cultures and communities through the Connected Learner Experience and other e-learning opportunities. She is the author (with Lani Ritter Hall) of The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age (Solution Tree, 2012) and serves on the ISTE Board of Directors.

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