Feedback and Professional Learning

Feedback – a word that can bring up a whirlwind of emotions at its mention. It’s in our human nature to want to know how […]

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Acknowledging change to improve the future.

Change happens.  Change exists.  Change is.  Whether change is qualified as good or bad, bad or good is based upon personal perspectives, experiences, and understandings reflective of situational contexts.  Emotionally charged, excessively logical, or flying …

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Planning for Professional Development

ISTE Standard 4: Professional Development and Program Evaluation Performance Indicator B Design, develop, and implement technology rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment. This week I am taking a look at the beginning stages of Professional Development. The question that I […]

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Reflecting on Coaching in EDTC 6105

For my EDTC DEL 6105 course this quarter I worked on a community engagement project, where I coached a peer to help them integrate technology into their classroom. ISTE Coaching Standard 1 Visionary Leadership states that “Technology Coaches inspire and participate in the development and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive integration of […]

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Facilitate Failure to Allow For Creation

How many times did the technological ‘Founding Fathers’ have to fail in order to create something our world could not live without? When I think about it, all of our founding fathers in American history, focused on citizenship at a deep level, they created, they failed, they redesigned, and they worked at the idea again… Continue reading Facilitate Failure to Allow For Creation

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Designing learning with the reflection of assessment in mind.

How many of us have looked at a lesson after one of those days in the classroom only to wonder why it was so difficult to get the students to engage in the learning? I can think of several lessons that I thought would be engaging and exciting for my learners and felt the let… Continue reading Designing learning with the reflection of assessment in mind.

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Digital Collaboration in a Pre-Service College Classroom

Paul Solarz from Learn Like a PiRATE said: “Collaboration allows us to know more than we are capable of knowing ourselves.” If we are encouraging a mindset of questioning in our students, then as teachers should we also collaborate and question ourselves and our instructional practices? (Spoiler: YES!) My current students are service-learning tutors who… Continue reading Digital Collaboration in a Pre-Service College Classroom

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ISTE 4: Teachers Who Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Ethical Use – Can We Try Different?

The Standard ISTE for Teachers Standard 4 states that “teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices” (ISTE 2008). To me that seemed like quite a charge. It’s a huge responsibility for teachers, but it is one that is … Continue reading “ISTE 4: Teachers Who Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Ethical Use – Can We Try Different?”

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Peer Coaching: The Vision vs. The Reality

  Aspects of Successful Coaching All quarter we have been exploring what make a successful coach. Sometimes this seemed like a really broad question. There are certainly a plethora of small aspects that can contribute to a successful coaching plan and relationship. I do know that there were some major ones that resonated with me.Read More

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