This is such an exciting time to be working in education. We are learning so much more – not just more about learning, but more about the change process and how some of the critical elements of culture, relationships, space, choice, technology, empowerment, and of course learning itself play key interactive roles in making real change.
On a recent visit to Queensmount Sr. P.S. I enjoyed the opportunity to have a deeper discussion about this with Principal Kristin Phillips as well as see things in action. We captured our conversation in this video.
I have personally noted a few things that really stuck with me from our conversation will write another blog post to focus on that topic along with what I learned from the the tour.
I am wondering what part of the conversation jumped out at you? Care to share? I invite you to leave a comment or share via Twitter: @KristinPhillip3, @markwcarbone.
Read Kristin’s blog: EduBits
Krisin’s thoughts on our conversation: Letting go of teacher control is not chaos
Keep sharing your learning.
On a recent school visit, I had a wonderful opportunity to meet teacher Kim Clegg and see her classroom in action. One tip Kim shared with me was the benefits of leveraging the google docs permanent clipboard to facilitate providing better descriptive feedback to students.
Kim’s thoughts on changing practice:
Today’s post, the next in my Virtual Coffee Shop Series, features WRDSB teacher Andrew Bieronski reflecting on using technology to disrupt practice in a positive way.
Join the conversation by connecting with Andrew via @twitter, Google +, his Web Site or add your comments to this blog post.
I stopped at the Starbucks at King & University this morning on the way to see Carlo Fusco at Waterloo CI to consult regarding his library project. As I entered, I happened to notice the striking view change that (literally) just one step made.
One step, a small step, can strikingly change your perspective. Have a listen to Carlo’s perspective on library change.
This post in my Virtual Coffee Shop series features a discussion with Huron Heights Secondary School Principal Ed Doadt examining the initial excitement, impact and observations around launching the school into a 1 to 1 program for all grade nine students are provided with Chromebooks.
Learn the insights through our discussion.
I closed out the week by collaborating with Jamie Reaburn Weir and Alanna King for an insightful conversation on redesigning learning spaces.
I think you will appreciate the viewpoints and early observations they share from their work in this area.
I wonder what you will explore?
This blog post kicks of a new component at Mark’s Musings. In recognition of the importance of creative thinking, tossing ideas around, and learning by doing it is equally important to allow forums for ideas to: germinate, build, be discussed, be modified, tested and challenged. As a personal ‘next‘ or next step, I have decided to add the Virtual Coffee Shop series within my blog to dedicate intentional time to capturing a conversation or two each month to share with a broader audience.
I am thrilled that Stephanie Rozek was able to join me for this first live streamed conversation in the Virtual Coffee Shop series to discuss the Year of Code Waterloo Region initiative.