1. marcilaevens

    I absolutely LOVE the idea of PD led by staff in the school. I would like to propose the same thing for our Division PD days. I was way more motivated by learning and listening to my colleagues on Twitter and their blogs over the summer than I was listening to the guest speaker. We have amazing people who are doing huge things in education outside their schools or even our division. I don't think as many people know about those things as should.
    Just my thoughts. Thanks for the post. Can I borrow the book?

  2. George,

    Good thoughts as usual here…one question I have is in regards to the seven survival skills. While I agree with every one of them, they often don't matter to the people actually looking at what is and is not working in schools. What I mean by that is while we focus on creating "better" learning it doesn't show up on THE test. Yes, I am not a fan of standardized testing and I think it a horrible representation of the whole student. With that being said, it is a reality of our jobs and many people look at that as a reflection of the learning going on in our classrooms. What is sad that as we push learning and teaching to a higher level, the tools of assessment do not match. I see examples of learning being pushed all around me, but is it showing up on the tests? Do we care if it does?

    It just seems like so many forward thinking educators are doing great work across the world. Yet, it is either being written off as a passing fab or just another swing of the educational pendulum. What is worse is that the individuals responsible for determining if we are doing a "good" job are those still stuck in the traditional model of teaching and learning.

    How do we as educators get others to see the work we are doing is the right work? How do we get others to see the work of yourself and people like Lyn as the "right" work, regardless of what will show up on a test or report?

  3. Maureen Findley

    The concept of doing different things in the classroom is often discussed in professional learning communities. I find that the results of the discussion only end in teacher doing things in different ways. In order for teachers to do different things in the classroom the approach to education, teaching, and learning must change. Education has to move away from the constant desire to have students just give back the information given by the teacher. Educator must implement new techniques, technologies, and pedagogy that force students to take learning into their own hands and actually absorb and build on the knowledge provided by the teacher.

    The technology available today far succeed that of past generations, but a similar problem with technology still exist. In order for teacher to be able to do different things and integrate new learning techniques and technology the resources must be available. Once school systems and higher authorities are able to implement the resources and provide the technology the work falls on the teachers. Teacher must be willing to learn the technology and actually use it in the classroom. I had the opportunity to work at a school that had many different technologies available to the teacher but many were reluctant to learn and use the technology. I believe this road to doing different things in the classroom is a two way street. The technology must be available and the teacher must be willing to learn and use it. If this process if successful students will be doing different things in the classroom and be better prepared for the future.

  4. We had a really encouraging first day, followed by first week… hoping teachers' enthusiasm will continue to shine as they engage in daily learning interactions with students. I know they'll work to support one another this year and share successes to help inspire colleagues. Our opening day wasn't perfect, but it was a step in the right direction, and I'm looking forward to seeing the great things we'll accomplish as a learning community this year! Thanks for mentioning our day in your post.

  5. Great post. I agree the the seven things students need and add an eight. They need to pay attention to their appearance. This requires that they exercise regularly and adopt a healthy diet. They also need to dress for success. First impressions are important and you can only make it once. You don't need to be thin to be fit and you don't need to be pretty or handsome to look good. If you are fit you will also have more energy to devote to your passion. Keep up the good work. @DrDougGreen blogging at DrDougGreen.Com.

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