Category Archives: Reflection

Peer-to-Peer PD: Sharing our practices to build capacity – feedback

We met this week for Peer-to-Peer PD: Sharing our practices to build capacity. I love when our learners connect ideas.  One of Ashley’s participants connected social media with formative assessment. I learned how I can incorporate student Twitter in the classroom. … Continue reading

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PD: Reading and Assessment – Learning Together – empathy and feedback

Yesterday, we met together as a community to begin to study assessment and reading. As is my practice, I also want to share what really happened and the feedback. As noted in our agenda, we meet twice on Wednesday’s with … Continue reading

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#TrinityLearns integrated studies (week 3)

When we have the opportunity to see what happens in other parts of our community, we begin to connect ideas and experiences. Alpin Hong and Jun-Ching Lin surprised our 6th graders with visit and a brilliant lesson on harmony, color … Continue reading

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Job-embedded PD: Twitter for Learning

To pursue bright spots is to ask the question “What’s working, and how can we do more of it?” Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Yet, in the real world, this obvious question is almost never asked. (p. 45, Heath and Heath) … Continue reading

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Job-embedded PD: MyLearningEdu 1.5

If we want to support students in learning, and we believe that learning is a product of thinking, then we need to be clear about what we are trying to support. (Ritchhart, Church, and Morrison, 5 pag.) Interested in e-portfolios? If we want our young … Continue reading

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Falconry: I believe in you…

Problems are what make us interested to learn more.  Problems are the sign of a curious or creative mind.  Problems are really just challenges in disguise.  People who go looking for interesting problems are people who create and invent and … Continue reading

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Falconry: create dissonance, check “under the hood”

Good teachers ensure that their students learn the subject material to an acceptable or superior level.  Great teachers all do one thing well:  they create dissonance in the minds of their students and guide them in the resolution of that … Continue reading

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Falconry: wise general listening to become a hero

Sun Tzu says: Hence a wise general makes a point of foraging on the enemy. This means that many aspects of the solution you seek lie within the problem itself.  Come to the problem unburdened by preconceptions and use the … Continue reading

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Falconry: value, honor, and ask questions

Questions are waypoints on the path of wisdom.  Each question leads to one or more new questions or answers.  Sometimes answers are dead ends; they don’t lead anywhere.  Questions are never dead ends.  Every question has the inherent potential to lead … Continue reading

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Falconry: Feedback loops, communication, and formative assessment

Reading from Step 1: The Art of Questioning of The Falconer: What We Wish We Had Learned in School. By learning to insert feedback loops into our thought, questioning, and decision-making process, we increase the chance of staying on our desired path. Or, … Continue reading

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