Michael Weller asks questions. He’s a reflective teacher in the best sense of the concept. In that questioning about his practice, as a connected learner, he has invited others to join in the journey to become better teachers, focused on improving one’s pedagogy. Michael is part of the team at #clmooc, where the invitation began. I’m late to the inquiry party, whose hashtags are #clmooc and #makeaninquiry.
I have been thinking about it, and my musings are captured in Blendspace here.
- testing, testing, testing
- students as persons, not numbers
- lack of joy
- students playing the game of school
- students are self-directed learners
- students discover their talents, interests, and passions
- my classroom helps them get to those places
- expectations of compliance to education mandates
- testing, testing, testing, and more testing
- Creative Schools Book Club [Voxer]; Creative Schools by Ken Robinson
- How can I bring natural learning back to the classroom?
- Digital Portfolios Book Club; Digital Portfolios by Matt Renwick
- How can I help students create a footprint of their accomplishments to show they are not a number?
- Minecraft EDU; Summer Institute by Lee Graham of University of Alaska
- How can I implement MineCraftEDU as a creative and critical thinking learning environment?
- Units of Study Writing Curriculum review; by Teachers College Reading and Writing Project
- How can I bring authenticity to our reading and writing?
My general question is:
How can I bring authenticity back to the learning environment so students are empowered to become self-directed learners?
I need to check out the work of others in Make an Inquiry. Michael has started these:
Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts/Media Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker~~
Art from the Heart