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Sunday, January 29, 2017

FETC Reflection

When I walk away from a conference I feel full. Full of information. Full of ideas. Full of inspiration. I sit here a few days after FETC with that same feeling and feel the need to capture some of it here in a post.

My personal keynote occurred on Thursday morning. For me, a keynote should get you ready, excited and pumped for what you are about to do. I went to a 40 minute session with Jaime Casap and he did just that for me. His words have stayed with me, and I used them to measure every thing I heard throughout the rest of the conference. The title of his session: Impact of Technology. I wish I had it recorded and could just listen to it over and over.

His words were mostly a reality check. He said we keep talking about 21st century learning...we are 17 yrs in. What are we doing? Our expectations have changed, so what are we doing about it?

The generation we teach are: global, social, visual and technological. What skills do we need to to give them: problem solving, team work, and communication. He truly caused me to reflect on how am I promoting each of these skills and how often.

It starts with a change in some of our simple questions...instead of asking them, what do you want to be when you grow up, ask....what problem do you want to solve? When they begin to discover the problems they want to solve, they then have a purpose. Then we ask, what skills do they need for that purpose? Help them find their purpose, then empower them to make it happen.

I do try to fit in collaboration...but is it enough? In our current education world, aren't we checking to see what individuals know and can do? But it is with collaboration that problems will be solved.

He also pointed out that we need digital leaders. There is a need for a culture shift. Convert information (it is everywhere) into intelligence. How do we get them to think about things at the next level? Any child can quickly google who the first presidents were. Technology supports getting that information. How do we then take that information and get them thinking about it...use that information at a new level.

We need to take iteration and innovation together and transform. Transformation has NO endpoint. We are only getting started. The generation we will touch, will touch future generations. Our work in their lives has no end.

So with that in my mind, I approached the rest of my time thinking about each tool, each strategy and thought....how will it fit in? Will it promote the skills they need? I thought of my growing PLN and connections, and who were the models of this, what can I learn from them? How can I work with them to create that collaboration and problem solving models?

Very thankful for this experience and look forward to how my reflections help me to focus, beginning tomorrow for the needs of my students. I want to further explore and reflect...and make the transformation needed to be an educator of 21st century students experiencing 21st century skills!







Monday, September 5, 2016

Slow Chat for Elementary Students #k5tweetpals

This year we will be hosting a Twitter slow chat that allows us to learn about classrooms from around the globe. This chat has changed a bit each year as we invite more grade levels to be involved. This year we would like to open it to all elementary students in kindergarten through 5th grade. The idea of this slow chat is to see how much we are alike, and how we are different. The questions focus on our classrooms, schools, communities, geography, weather, culture...and any other ideas we come up with. As participants, you will be invited to share questions you would like to ask.

Sound interesting?

Here is how it works:

1. Every Sunday night beginning September 11, I will Tweet a question of the week. I will Tweet from my account @firstatbat please follow me. I will use the hashtag #k5tweetpals

2. Please retweet to share the question with your PLN.

3. Your class will share your answer during the following week Monday-Friday. Make sure your Tweets include the hashtag #k5tweetpals so that everyone in the #k5tweetpals community can view your class responses. This is a huge benefit of using Twitter, we want to see the voices of many.

4. Visit Tweets from other classes to discuss, compare and contrast how we are alike or different. These discussions can lead to great discoveries. 

5. Engage with other classes by leaving comments, retweeting or asking questions.

6. Follow classes that are participating to build your class PLN. My class will Tweet from @linkedlearners

7. Please sign up here. When signing up, you can also add the questions you would like to ask. 

8. If you have any questions, please DM me at @firstatbat

Please share and invite many. The more we have involved, the more successful the learning will be for our classrooms!

Join Us This Year for Math Talk on Twitter #mtgr3

Consider yourself invited to a weekly slow chat for math talk on Twitter. Next Sunday, September 11th,  our first prompt of the year will post. The purpose is to get our students to see Math and see that it is everywhere in the world around them. We hope to help them to see it is beyond numbers and computation. We also see the value in looking at and seeing the perspective of others as we engage in the slow chat throughout the week. The prompts will be open ended and allow for all thinking to be shared and different perspectives and strategies seen.

Sound interesting? Here is how it works:

1. Every Sunday night beginning September 11, I will Tweet an open-ended math problem of the week. I will Tweet from my account @firstatbat Please follow me. I will use the hashtag #mtgr3

2. Please retweet to share the question with your PLN.

3. Your students will share their thinking during the following week Monday-Friday. Make sure their Tweets include the hashtag #mtgr3 so that everyone in the #mtgr3 community can view your students' responses. This is a huge benefit of using Twitter, we want to see the voices of many.

4. Visit Tweets from other classes to discuss strategies, perspectives and ideas and views of math.

5. Engage with other classes by leaving comments, retweeting or asking questions.

6. Follow classes that are participating to build your class PLN. My class will Tweet from @linkedlearners

7. If you find a great idea for a prompt during the year, please DM it to  me.

If you have any questions, please reach out to ask. Please share with others, the more voices involved the better this will be!

Not a 3rd grade teacher? That's okay. We have @Leka DeGroot  doing #mtgr1 for 1st grade. @mcarlson110 will host #mtgr2 for 2nd grade. We would welcome a 4th grade or 5th grade teacher to join us!