When implementing Virtual Learning Communities (VLCs), it's easy to get distracted by countless technology tools. Kentucky educator Paul Barnwell share some reflections on why human connections must remain front and center to successfully launch VLCs.
Note: This spring CTQ bloggers are exploring the theme: How do VLC’s (Virtual Learning Communities) impact our profession? We invite you to join us here in our own VLC, the Collaboratory, with your thoughts and comments, and share ideas using the hashtag #CTQCollab.
The Collaboratory recently turned three, and as part of the celebration, we were invited to share three spaces that have inspired us in our teacher leadership journeys. Admittedly I didn't stick with three, but in writing about these spaces, I realized these spaces connected me with something even more important.
Recently, an informal teacher I respect reflected on her reasons for leaving formal education. Any of us who have stayed abreast of education issues realize that attrition can happen for a number of reasons. This social media declaration, though, caused me to think how attritution could be addressed through Deeper Learning shifts.
Dear Principal (of my first and last teaching job),
For too many teachers, deeper learning only happens on our own and outside of our schools. During the summers, on weekends, or after the final bell rings, we sign on to virtual learning communities of practice to engage with powerful networks of teachers thirsty for deeper learning. This is one of many reasons why the recently released report “Teacher Leadership and Deeper Learning” by Barnett Berry is so important.
Teacher leadership and deeper learning are two terms we hear often these days. Barnett Berry's paper "Teacher Leadership and Deeper Learning for All Students" brings these two concepts together to show the power of what happens for student learning when teachers are given the time and support to delve into their own professional learning at a deep level.
Have you shadowed a student in your school? This post describes what I learned from stepping into the shoes of a freshman for one day. And why I believe we should all shadow our students to redesign the school experience.
What does authentic assessment look like in practice, and how does it differ from traditional assessment? What are the benefits — and challenges — of authentic assessment on teaching and learning? Over the next two months, educators from across the country will share the risks and reward of authentic assessment.