A little over a year after my first ever blog post and a lot has changed.
I was a lurker a year ago.
- I was happy to consume content – I used Twitter as way for checking football gossip ( I still do this…but not as much!).
- I didn’t make global connections (apart from family and friends living around the world).
- I didn’t create any content – I didn’t write a blog, I didn’t share what was happening in the classroom.
- I didn’t particpate -I was not commenting on blogs, joining in MOOC’s
As a teacher
- The kids I worked with created lots of amazing content but no one ever saw it.
- They collaborated in their classroom or in other Grade 1 classrooms but not on a global scale.
- They communicated however not out of Luxembourg.
But ( the good news) and with the help of COETAIL and my awesome PLN.
I was a lurker but I have changed.
I received a challange in my first post from a comment made from Jeff Utecht. It is something that I keep on coming back to.
I realised the most important thing that I needed to learn is how to connect my students to others around the world. I also needed to find a PLN so that I could learn and share ideas across the world. I needed to get connected.
Twitter, COETAIL, My RSS feeder, Educators around the world with similar ideas, Pocket ( I love pocket -an amazing tool to read articles etc when offline), have all made the world a smaller place. It has allowed me to change, to connect.
COETAIL has rewired me as as a learner, teacher and innovator. I know that this is not the end of the road of my journey because the journey of an educator is that they we are always developing. You see, I am (still) going through Ch Ch Changes.
Time to face the strange ( as the great David Bowie famoulsy said).
I am working in a new grade. Goodbye Grade 1, I am now a K2 Teacher.
I have a new role at my school. No longer a Grade Level Leader for Grade 1, now an Activator of Thinking and Learning for Lower School.
Things are a little strange but it is fantastic to be working with a new team of people, to be in a new environement, to be working in different ways, to be working with a new curriuculm. It might not seem like a lot but the changes are invogorating and exciting.
The year has started with a bang. It has been all go. 3 weeks into the school year and our K2 class has been so busy:-
- Connecting with a Grade 1 class in Cambodia (thanks to Jon Banules for this) – we have been finding out about each other through a series of long distance question and answers. Real inquiry going on here.
- Organised a MakerSpace in the classroom where the children can go and Make at any time in their day.
- Designed, implemented, made interactive books using BookCreator and Adobe Spark and shared them to the world – I will never eat a … , A view of our school
- Took part in Global Dot Day 2016
- Started a new system ( Seesaw) for the children to show their learning and thinking
- Began Quadblogging with schools in New Zealand, UK and Canada
- Connected with authors ( Lauren Child, Antoinette Portis, Ashley Spires , Peter Reynolds) who’s books have inspired us.
- Took part in Jo Boaler’s week of inspirational maths
One of the biggest things for me is that I am documenting and sharing what is happening with others. The learning that is going on is real and has real purpose. Their is an audience that we are sharing the processes to our learning – not just the product. Follow our journey @mrbevsclassroom
How do these changes affect my Course 5 project?
When I wrote down my ideas for the Course 5 Project ( Magic Carpet Ride) I was thinking that I would be teaching Grade 1 children (6 & 7 Year olds) in a curriculum that I helped to design. Now I am teaching K2 children (5 &6 year olds) in a curricullum that I am getting more familair daily. The thing is that I am changing my mind on a daily basis as to what my project should be.
Do I document the MakerSpace development?
Do I think about connecting classes across the world together though making a book online?
Do I use Scratch to begin coding with 5 year olds?
Do I introduce digital literacy to the class to give them the best possible start to their digital footprint?
What do you think? I am not sure…
I am (still) going through Ch Ch Changes.