When an online teacher encounters eighth graders who don’t know much about online technologies, she has two choices: sneak out of the virtual room – or set about discovering what they ARE good at. Welcome to appreciative inquiry.
Passion Based Learning? Project Based Learning? Problem based learning? Maybe you’re not sure what PBL is or how to make it work in your classroom. Or perhaps you’ve been experimenting with PBL and you’re not convinced that you’re doing it “right.” Letâ€™s use this chat to share our tips for success both with the PLP community and beyond. If you are a PBL teacher please come help us dispel the myths.
How can we help novice learners become more expert learners? Canadian educator Peter Skillen has created collaborative journal writing environments to move kids beyond social commenting and into deeper thinking. Here, he shares some of his techniques and invites dialogue.
During Connected Educators Month weâ€™re sharing frontline stories about what it means to be a connected teacher and leader, in the classroom and the school. Each Wednesday weâ€™re featuring several articles by Voices from the Learning Revolution bloggers â€” posts that capture the spirit and immense value of connected professional learning.
THIS WEEK: Skyping across the globe in elementary; building active citizens in high school; leading schools where teachers collaborate and connect; and, in the middle grades, writing and publishing creative works online.
Teachers are hungry for professional learning but their eyes are often bigger than their pocketbooks when it comes to professional conferences in distant cities and pricey online courses. Connected educators can feed themselves, says Becky Bair, who’s not busting the bank this summer but staying home with Twitter and Google Reader.