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!

Take Aways:

Opening session with Smokey Daniels

smokey lit curiosity home to grade 5

smokey and wondering

and Sara Ahmed

Smokey and Sara Saras wonders

From Dr. Mary Howard  – Session 3, # 11

dr mary greatest gift

dr mary passion

and Linda Hoyt

“Be picky, picky, picky!”

linda hoyt picky about read alouds

“Be planful”

linda hoyt muscle in read alouds

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:

PD in PJs 

Ziemke padlet

Jo Ellen McCarthy’s Poetry Padlet

PD in my PJs:  Part 2

12 responses

  1. Fran, my hope in getting others to join the postings today is to learn even more. One thing that Kate Roberts said about memory is we remember things we have paid close attention to. If I get to read more about the take-aways, perhaps I’ll remember them. I did not have a link to the padlet. Thanks for that, too.

    1. The 45 minute sessions go so quickly that we don’t always have enough time to focus! I so agree, Margaret. I always love to “see” a session from another view! ❤

  2. Such an impressive group of educators! It was difficult to choose a session from so many great options. I’ve been dipping into the archives today, trying to gather my best thoughts about the OVERLOAD of new information and passionate thinking by the presenters.

    1. What I love most, Susan, is that they are ALL recorded so I can go back and watch others. Today I had other work but they are on my agenda! So much great thinking! Such passion for learning! ❤

  3. My favorite line in your take-aways is “The student is the center of learning. Not standards, not curriculum.” It has been such a learning experience reading everyone’s reflections. The learning never stops, does it?

    1. So true, Leigh Anne! And it’s that part of “what we know” that really influences our point of view. It reminds me of course of the the blind men and the elephant – all descritpions depend on which part of the elephant they are touching!!!

  4. Fran, you walked away with this learning that resonates with me: Sometimes learning takes thought and reflection. I spent the morning in PJs and then the afternoon I had that power surge issue that gave me spotty reception. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    1. Carol, so good to hear from you! Love learning that crosses the miles! ❤

  5. “Learning is joyful when it involves passion and curiosity.” Yes! This was one of my big takeaways, too. As Margaret said, it’s nice to read what others gleaned from these sessions. I love that we can go back and watch them again, and see the ones we missed!

    1. Learning when we need it . . . not always on a schedule ! Great concept!

  6. […] on Saturday offered multiple sessions in four different time frames so I could choose the sessions of greatest […]

  7. […] and that doesn’t even include Ed Collaborative Gatherings here and here […]

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