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  1. boadams1

    Other than the slight against data, describing it as being boring (I love data sets!), I wholeheartedly agree that we need to be sharing more and helping each other with the challenges and spreading the successes. All joking aside, it is about the relationships – be they human or pattern-based. It's all about relationships, and the future might just belong to those that see and nurture relationships.

    Thanks for mentioning the email share, but I could learn so much more about communication if others would share their emails, too. Not ALL of them, but some examples of how we use email (or any tool) to reach out, make a point, etc. With the right hashtag, we could have a great #comm-tool-case-study.

  2. MAReilly

    Thoughtful post. Makes me wonder about the power of stories and story making. I wonder about collaborating w/ media to tell collective stories and the back stories needed to understand. I used to teach in a graduate school and in one course I asked students to make 10 images of what "literacy" looked like. We would view the images and that opened an initial conversation about what we talked about when we talked about "literacy". The course was a theoretical one that examined sociocultural aspects of learning. By the time students engaged in a photovoice project later int he semester, the notion of new literacies was more commonly documented. It was interesting to see the shift of what counted as literate behavior.

  3. Ross Mannell

    ‘I wish I would have done that when I was in school!’
    This is a wonderful line and one I've tried to live up to in my career. Had parents a number of times say the wished they could have done that when they were at school. I always answered I wished the same but at least I can give my students the opportunity we didn't have.

    ‘That’s how it was when I was a student’
    This attitude seems linked to the notion, 'if it didn't do me any harm then it's okay for kids.' While I generally liked my teachers when I was at school, I remember few really inspired me.

    • georgecouros

      Thanks Ross for sharing your thoughts. I know that some teachers have truly inspired me and it is those that inspire me to do all that I can to get better. Again, thanks for your comment.

  4. You really have a writing gift to go along with your innovative thought process. Thank you for adding depth, clarity, and concrete examples to the conversation. This is yet another example as to why technology is such a powerful educational tool. The collective thoughts, insight, feedback, and opinions of other educators push us to get better. In turn, we are then better equipped to initiate change in our respective schools in order to provide rich, engaging learning experiences that effectively integrate technology. You are an incredible mentor to me and many others. Thank you!

  5. Another insightful post. Agree with Eric you are not only a great thinker but are able to express it so well and say what many others think. We need to keep persevering with the media despite the pitfalls while at the same time 'sharing our stories' wherever & whenever we can. Our stories are 'data'. Let's use it.

    • georgecouros

      Gary…Thanks for your kind words. I totally agree with you about stories equalling data. We can really touch the hearts and minds of the public with this type of information. We need to share more!

  6. When educators embrace the notion that learning something new themselves is the stepping stone for liberating the act of learning for our students, education will truly be transformed. But until we continue to be enslaved to those educators and administrators who cling to the past and resist change, education will, as Alfie Kohn refers to, follow the Listerine method, "the old ways may be distasteful, but they're effective". I applaud your thoughts and ideals!!

  7. Tablets and stylii, papyrus and ink were terrifying to those who were masters of the oral tradition. Chalk and chalkboards terrifying to those who used only slates for learning. Computers were terrifying to those who only relied on textbooks. We have generational divides here that are able to undermine progress, but instead of allowing them to do so, we need to help those who can't understand why they're useful to be open to accepting them. Use is a different matter…let's just attempt to see how they can be useful and effective!

  8. […] our growth in ways that demonstrate the impact on student learning? I am going to set a goal of sharing more of those stories this year. Of working to ensure what happens in our classrooms isn’t necessarily about the […]

  9. […] I guess I have just been wondering a lot lately about how we  as educators are advocates for our own profession.  Do we share what we do in class to better educate students, or how we are always continuously learning and striving to get better for our students often, or do we simply do it only when times may be tough in our profession?  Do we promote what we do and the ways we work to get better? Do we share our stories enough? […]

  10. […] I guess I have just been wondering a lot lately about how we as educators are advocates for our own profession.  Do we share what we do in class to better educate students, or how we are always continuously learning and striving to get better for our students often, or do we simply do it only when times may be tough in our profession?  Do we promote what we do and the ways we work to get better? Do we share our stories enough? […]

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