Have an ongoing question or challenge that has you stumped? Or want to connect with other educators that are facing similar challenges? Join us for a special “Bring your Challenge Coffee Chat!” Grab your favorite beverage, bring your burning questions on Thursday, October 22nd at 8:00 PM EST so we can collectively solve or answer you question and give you an Instant Impact solution! Sign up to join us! 

Join our culture of caring at our #PLPnetwork Support Circle on Twitter, Saturday, October 17th.

Sit with the PLP team and other educators Saturday, October 17th at 9 AM EST where we will be discussing as we discuss pedagogy in a variety of settings from face-to-face to hybrid to virtual. The collegial conversation will happen over on Twitter and we hope to see you there! #plpnetwork

Register now for reminders and freebies! bit.ly/plpnetwork

If you’ve never done a chat in Twitter before, here are our top tips to get started

What’s new on the blog this week?

Free book: Connected From the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades

If you teach or work with young children and have been struggling with how to help them use technology in deep and meaningful ways this book is for you. Download it. Share it with your friends. Read more

Connected Educators are Dedicated to Ongoing Development of Expertise
Would you call yourself a lifelong learner – one that is committed to ongoing development of expertise in the classroom? Do you have an insatiable thirst to become a master at the art and craft of teaching and learning? If so, you are probably a connected educator. Read more

Top Five Things I’ve Learned about Teaching Online
Jennifer shares the 5 top things she’s learned from teaching online the past nine years. Read more

Class Jobs in Live Classrooms to Create a Connected Classroom Culture

Every student has strengths that when tapped into create a connected classroom culture.  Do you know your student’s strengths? Read more

Lesson Plan: Talking About Culture in the Classroom

In this Culturally Responsive Lesson Plan, you will find the learning objective, learning goals, success criteria, key terms, activities, and assessment strategies, and additional resources that include a google doc for more lesson-related ideas.  Read More

Breaking Hyflex & Remote Learning Visual Barriers

While there’s been much debate nationally over whether students should have their cameras on, my concern is that I can’t see their work during lessons. Read more

Free Connected Learner Webinar Series! 
Distracted and Off Task to Engaged and Interactive: Redesigning Online Meetings
Your students are unsure about live meetings, they’re disengaged, under the table, making faces in the camera.  More so, you’re not feeling as connected as you did in the face-to-face classroom. Your go-to strategies aren’t working as well in this new environment and you’re starting to feel discouraged. This webinar will model and provide resources for creating interactive lessons that allow you to build community and connection with your students even over video! You’ll leave the workshop with a plan for your next session and a template to use in the future! 

Webinar date: October 27th, 7:00 PM ET

5 Top Ways to Beat Overwhelm as an Educator

There are so many balls in the air right now! Planning, learning and implementing new practices, teaching in new situations, making sure your students are okay, taking care of your family, taking care of yourself and so much more. And (if you’re like me), it feels like there’s too much to think about, too much to remember, and too much to do.There is a more sustainable way to meet the demands of teaching and learning during a global pandemic than going non-stop, 24/7 trying to figure it all out! This webinar will share our top 5 tips to go from surviving to thriving as an educator for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Webinar dates:
October 21st, 7:00 PM ET
November 4th, 7:00 PM ET
November 5th, 7:00 PM ET

Want to move past feeling disconnected from your students? Words Matter. 

Many of us have shifted to teaching and learning with our students in online spaces as remote, distant, and hybrid learners, but in reality we aren’t distant or remote at all. Rather, we are close and connected as we work together to figure out all that is changing around us. Connected learners are empowered remote and distant learners who understand how to build relationships, reflect deeply and learn together online. In this session, we’ll talk about the key dispositions and values of a connected learner, why you need to own them now, and how your students can’t live out their future without them. 

Webinar date: October 22nd, 7:00 PM ET

Sign Up for a Connected Learning Webinar

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Jennifer Bloomingdale

Jennifer Bloomingdale graduated from the College of St. Rose with a Bachelors in Childhood Education and a Masters in Educational Technology. She is a former classroom teacher who developed a passion for integrating technology and assisting others in doing so. Jennifer has been an eCourse facilitator at Powerful Learning Practice since 2012, where she developed and facilitated courses on using Google Apps for Education and integrating technology. Her work at PLP introduced her to the world of coaching, which has lead to her becoming a certified evocative coach and an instructional coach.

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