Monthly Archives: December 2011

Never Underestimate A Motivated Learner ~ You Gotta Have Faith

Who has faith in you?  In whom do you demonstrate faith? On November 20, 2011, AS announced that she wanted to learn to knit. She is seven. I’m embarrassed to say that I thought: Is she really going to learn to … Continue reading

Posted in 21st Century Learning, Learning, PBL, Questions | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Participating in Each Others Stories: Global Connections & Microlending

Our Learning for Life vision statement calls for us to seize the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century by promoting global citizenship by integrating content and relationships that connect us to the larger world and the world to us. But…How? If shown … Continue reading

Posted in Learning, PBL, Questions, Social Media | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Integrated Studies: Gardening, Obesity, Open Source Learning

In Synergy we have six groups working on community issues: obesity, cafeteria design and cleanliness, Nancy Creek, designing a fair to raise awareness for Habitat for Humanity, sleep, and graffiti. How do we create a movement to raise awareness?  How … Continue reading

Posted in 21st Century Learning, Algebra, Learning, Math-Science Connections, PBL, Questions, Social Media | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

FAAR – Connecting Peer Observations to Learning for Life

As part of our formative Faculty Assessment and Annual Review (FAAR) plan, we engage in a process of peer observations. We also have a new Learning for Life vision statement.  With his permission, I am publishing my peer observation of … Continue reading

Posted in Assessment, FAAR, Math-Science Connections, Technology | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Guiding Learners to Develop and Practice Citizenship

Our children operate in a connected society  (Gough n.pag.) where they share pictures, ideas, music, etc. with a couple of keystrokes. We help our young learners prepare for college and for life when we guide them as they learn to navigate … Continue reading

Posted in 21st Century Learning, Social Media, Technology | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: inspiring non-graded formative assessment

On Monday, December 5, Jeff McCalla (St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Memphis, TN) and I co-facilitated a 2-hour session at Learning Forward.  The conference description said: Learn to model practical classroom formative assessments. Hear stories and gain artifacts from National T3 instructors as … Continue reading

Posted in Algebra, Assessment, Conferences, Presentations, Questions | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“This is so next level!” Video Team-Teaching in #Synergy

Twenty-four, eighth-grade synergists are working in six discreet groups – their projects originated from the data-mining of over 300 observation-journal blog posts that they collected. The projects are: Graffiti (is it art, vandalism, both? how can we use it for … Continue reading

Posted in 21st Century Learning, Synergy 8 | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Learners need tangible evidence of success

The quotation “Students need tangible evidence of success.” from Dr. Tom Guskey during his Learning Forward pre-conference session on December 3, 2011 has me considering What tangible evidence of success do we offer our learners? Please don’t say grades or … Continue reading

Posted in Assessment, Learning, Questions | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment