Tagged: 21st Century Learning

Unleashing Deep Learning

Last week, our school celebrated Climate Action Week. The events from Monday through Thursday were organized by the ISD Green Team. It was the intention of this team of students that this week coincided with the Fridays for Future march that was taking place in the city on Friday afternoon.

As an educator, I have always struggled with weeks like this – kindness week, spirit week, earth week, etc. While they encourage positive actions, I believe that it is our job to have discussions with students about how we ensure these actions continue in some way, even when these weeks are over. It was this very point led to a great discussion on Friday during our Grade 5 Gathering. 

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Setting the Stage for Deep Learning.

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As I mentioned in my previous post, the more I dig into all of the resources focussing on “New Pedagogies for Deep Learning”, the more connections I am able to make to my own collaborative teaching and learning journey over the past four years. 

Looking through Dr. Monica R. Martinez’s deep learning planning resources really struck a chord with me; specifically, phase 1 – Establishing a Vision. 

Start with the Why

Simon Sinek‘s Golden Circle

Back in the Fall of 2015, the Leadership team at my school shared their vision for the future of learning. Teachers would work collaboratively in a flexible learning space to develop a new model of education. I was excited and intrigued, so I put my name forward and was selected to be a member of this new team of five teachers. (Copied from previous post to provide context.) 

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Learning Partnerships

Going through the resources this week was a very validating experience. Many of my COETAIL posts have referred to the new model of learning that is developing at my school. As I explored the content for the week, I was able to make many connections to my own learning journey in education over the past few years. 

Back in the Fall of 2015, the Leadership team at my school shared their vision for the future of learning. Teachers would work collaboratively in a flexible learning space to develop a new model of education. I was excited and intrigued, so I put my name forward and was selected to be a member of this new team of five teachers. That spring, we worked together as a team to develop a new teaching and learning model for the start of the 2016-17 school year. 

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Frameworks for technology integration – are they still relevant?

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As I started looking through the resources for this week, I was reminded of a recent conversation I had with a colleague of mine. We were discussing the relevance of a technology integration coach in education today. 

In this conversation we decided that while yes, there is still a need for individuals to support educators in effectively integrating technology, is this really separate from what would be the job of an instructional coach? In today’s educational landscape…isn’t the integration of technology into our teaching just good practice? 

It seems that many schools are having these discussions. More and more it seems that technology integration coach positions are being replaced by positions like innovation in learning coach. While technology is a tool that can and should be utilized in the classroom, it takes a real mind shift to be able to use it in a way that really transforms learning.

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Course 3 Final Project: Becoming a Designer PD Plan

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Because I had created a unit plan for Course 2’s final project, I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to branch out and try something new. While I have presented at a few conferences, I have never developed any session that was longer than an hour. This was a new challenge for me. I was so grateful to have worked in the team that I did as they had so much valuable experience to draw on and learn from. (Thanks Reyna, David, and Liliana!)

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