The teachers at Springside School in the Advis Cohort, were already comfortable and familiar with using technology before the Powerful Learning Practice came to work with them.
So for many, the PLP journey was more of a chance to confirm beliefs and articulate their thoughts about the value of social networking with students.
“I wasn’t convinced with social networking as a tool for teaching,” said Ellen Fishman-Johnson, one of the team’s members. “But our group started thinking in terms of tools to create something really outstanding, to show how this really does work.”
The team’s end of year project was to show how to “reinterpret existing curriculum using a Lower School lesson on the Japanese Tea Ceremony.” The team placed the original curriculum side by side with the 21st century skills so teachers could envision the shift.
“We are very excited about moving on and doing (the inservice for teachers). This is solid lesson and having done it, we are more certain what the switch is and we are now able to verbalize to our faculty.”
Besides shaping the curriculum, the Springside team had fun! “We do a lot of talking at school. This group in particular likes to have a good time so everyone was jealous,” Ellen said of their year-long adventure with PLP.
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