Connecting the dots


So, I made some connections this week…

I worked with educational consultant Pat Handly-Johnson for four days looking at our school’s Professional Growth Model. It was a great pleasure working alongside an educator with so much experience and knowledge. Through this connection and conversations the school will create a better Professional Growth Model, for all members of the school.

So, I made some connections this week…

I worked with Rachel French, the PYP Coordinator at Frankfurt International School. Rachel helped our Grade 1 Team plan a strand of our Math’s Curriculum with a special focus looking at inquiry based learning. Through this connection Rachel has helped our grade1 team to grow in their knowledge and use of inquiry in Maths.

So, I made some connections this week…

I passed the mark of having 100 followers on Twitter. Some of these are friends and family, some of these are people I have never heard of and some of these people are part of my growing PLN. I am hoping my PLN, as edublog says, will be “an empowering, transformational process, which fundamentally transforms your professional learning and teaching approach. ” I got more retweets and favourites than I have for the entire time I have been on Twitter. ( Well it certainly felt like that!)

So, I made some connections this week…

I organised 3 Parent workshops for the Grade 1 Parents to attend so that they could log onto their child’s Kidblog, make comments and create a connection between home and school. Over 30 parents came and spoke with the Technology Facilitator about a number of things such as logging in, to the type of comments to write to help the children in their blogging, to the use of social media to create more connections across the world (potentially). I even tweeted about it using my class twitter account and retweeted it using my account!!

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So during this time I was not in the class were the children still making connections? Of course they were. The children of today are “networked students”

After looking at the video my thoughts retuned to my last weeks blog post and in particular some of the comments that were made about it. I was asked about how I connect my students to a greater community that will allow the children to gain feedback on their creations. I was asked when they share something can I help the children to connect with others who might share something in return.

How can I make more meaningful connections for my students? 

I think an article  from Convergence Academies, “Bearing a Heavy Node”, gives me some clarity in moving forward.

Moving our children to this new world of learning is not the challenge. Moving us adults there is.

It is my role to help students to construct knowledge rather than to reproduce a series of facts

It is my role to create the conditions in which a person can become an accomplished and motivated learner in their own right

So I need to…

It is my role to continue to de-lurk  it is my role to continue to create , it is my role to continue to connect with other like minded people around the world. It is my role to create as William Plomer said “creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected”

It is my role to be a role model to the children in my class and think about Blooms Revised Taxonomy.


I am beginning to connect the dots.

6 thoughts on “Connecting the dots

  1. I love how you list all the ways we connect! We do it every day without even thinking about it. And so do our kids. But thinking how powerful the learning can be when we ARE thoughtful . Thanks for all the resources too!


    1. Thanks Rebekah. That really is my goal over the next year or so. To make the connections thoughtful and meaningful, for myself and my students. I have learnt so much on my COETAIL journey and I am looking forward to seeing where the journey takes me!
      Cheers, Joel


  2. Joel! I love your style of writing, and how you ‘made some connections’ again and again and again. Last week I was caught up on a more traditional way of thinking, trying to figure out the week’s work to impress who might be reading it, instead of making my own connections and writing for me, and I’m glad I’ve changed my way of seeing it all. I can hear that you are really working to make the same kinds of relevant connections, and I appreciate your desire to ‘create the conditions in which a person can become an accomplished and motivated learner in their own right’; perhaps I’ll steal that line from you!


    1. Hi Wendy. Thanks for the comments. It really is hard to make meaningful connections and that is the struggle that I am going on at the moment to create meaningful connections across the world for the benefit of my students. I am hoping that if I can do this then I think that the children will begin to see that we live in such a global world today that anything is really possible. Technology can enhance how we co learn and how we connect. I suppose it is our role to connect the dots together for their benefit!
      Good luck on your journey,


  3. Hi Joel

    I enjoyed the “Bearing a Heavy Node” article. I saved the images to my Pinterest account. It’s interesting your comment and the article’s comment how moving adults to this new world of learning is hard (whereas moving students is easy). Many new Coetailers struggle with this transition themselves. They want a list of things to do (usually read): 1, 2, 3. Then they want a straight forward assignment that they can answer by replicating the 1, 2, 3. It’s hard for them to negotiate this new way of learning, while it is actually making them more “self-actualized and motivated doers, makers, creators and connectors.” So, we want our students to be nodes because learning is distributed and the quality of it is based on our networks and the nodes found therein. Yet, they struggle with taking on twitter or G+ or whatever. So, there is a disconnect going there. Coetail is trying to move them along this, inch by inch 🙂 It’s great to see that you’ve “got it”! Fantastic!


    1. Hi Vivian,
      Thanks for the comments. It has been a great learning curve throughout course 1. I have really enjoyed de-lurking. I realise that this is only the beginning though and I have to keep on pushing myself to remain being a creator and understand that people might want to hear my voice. Thanks for your support,


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