This post is shared with Margaret Simon in DigiLit Sunday here at Margaret’s request to share our reflections on #TheEdCollabGathering.
It was a sunny golden April Saturday. Maybe a tad bit windy as winds up to 50 mph were reported in Des Moines. But no rain . . . no snow . . . perfect day for yard work, gardening or The Ed Collaborative Gathering. In Iowa it’s toooooo early for outside plants to escape frost so it was easy to log on to the computer for a free day of professional development provided by Chris Lehman and friends! Here’s the schedule.
What interests you?
Theme for the day:
Embrace your passion, your curiosity and your dreams
and let your students do the same!
Opening session with Smokey Daniels
and Sara Ahmed
From Dr. Mary Howard – Session 3, # 11
and Linda Hoyt
“Be picky, picky, picky!”
What this means?
The teacher needs to model passion, curiosity and the entire “quest to learn” EVERY DAY.
The student is the center of the learning. Not standards, not curriculum.
Students and teachers thrive on choices. (Consider the 10,000 hits on #TheEdCollabGathering yesterday. How many teachers were REQUIRED to be there?)
Learning is joyful when it involves passion and curiosity.
The depth of learning increases for students and teachers with choice in exploration, demonstration and inspiration.
The teacher needs to be thoughtful and have every action well planned. That doesn’t mean serendipitous learning doesn’t have a place. In fact, with the student as a focus, all learning will be totally relevant for the students. With a plan, the teacher will know exactly how much time can be freed up.
Did you attend?
What did you learn?
Sometimes learning takes thought and reflection. There were other ideas I heard yesterday that I need to continue to think about . . .
Other posts/resources about the day: