In honor of the month of thanks, our November post is...what is one small delight in the day that you always look forward to or are thankful for?
In honor of Connected Educator's Month:
The Connected Educator Month (CEM) initiative networks educators and education stakeholders through connected professional learning experiences worldwide. Over the past four years, millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development and other educational opportunities, offering highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to all stakeholders at all levels.
What is the most powerful aspect of being a connected educator? How has it impacted your practice, growth, and/or happiness?
Welcome to the 1st official prompt of the 2017-18 blogmaonth cohort. For September we will look forward and back as we dive into another year of learning and growing. Please remember to tag #blogamonth in your post, and please join in the discussion by commenting on one another's posts.
A new beginning: One thing that is different from a year ago that I am grateful for…
For most of the #blogamonth community, 2017-18 school year has begun, and for others it is just around the corner. We will once again be doing monthly prompts to help all of our PLN with a little "edu-couragement" for monthly reflecting and commenting. I will post the first prompt at the beginning of September, but wanted to take the opportunity to offer a preseason prompt which will help stretch out the muscles and get a taste of the great sharing and learning that is in store for us in the months ahead.
1. Find a blog that you read over the summer or since you have returned to school.
2. Leave a comment to the author.
3. Tweet out the link to the blog with the #blogamonth
It has been a great year with many fabulous shares. Thank you to all who have contributed to the #blogamonth PLN. I plan to keep this going into next year, and I would welcome those that posted regularly to continue to do so, those that posted seldomly to aspire to be more regular posters, and that that only read or retweeted to jump in and share your reflections with us. Moreover, if there are new PLN members you know who wish to join and contribute please invite them to do so. Lastly, I am always open to ideas for Prompts. If you have a great topic you would like to share on, hear others take on, or you simply think would make for good reflection and reading, please send it my way.
For May I have a 2 part prompt.
Apologies on the 6 week hiatus and abdication of post(ing).
As we currently live in a world dominated be standardized testing, high stakes data, AYP, measures of efficiency...etc, I would love to invite all of our #blogamonth PLN to reflect on our own measures of success.
How do you internally measure success (beyond that of test scores)?
We are all creatures of habit. We search for, crave and often relish in our routines. While these routines offer stability and in many cases functional order, over time we can become blind to the choices we made in selecting the routines and therefore progress on autopilot. For February, I am challenging us all to "change a constant." Whether this is taking your class outside, putting music on, removing desks, unplugging your tech lesson, going paperless...etc, lets break the routine and reflect.
I look forward to sharing my "change" and commenting on your adventures.
The Power of Video
Happy New Year!!! Our topic for January centers on the learning power of inspirational and educational video.
Great movies challenge our thinking, speak to our emotions, and take us to distant worlds both historical and fantastic. Integrating the power of videos into your classroom, professional development, and/or school culture offers even greater potential impact as there is the opportunity to reflect, discuss, and critique the quality and message of the video.
Suggest one to two of your favorite videos (Ted Talks, YouTube Clips, Vimeos, Movie Clips…etc) that you have used in your school setting, and share how you used it. Explain how incorporating this visual into your presentation or lesson has helped you to achieve your goals.
“Tis the Season” to “Seize the day,” “Fail Forward,” and “Dream Dig.” December is often packed full of hallmark cards, emails, and note celebrating holidays and wishing in the New Year with these words of inspiration. For this month, I would love for us to share our favorite quotes or sayings. These can be your own mantras, your go to quotes on inspiration, or a recent read or hear that has left an impactful impression. If this post stups you, feel free to use on e of the quotes in this slide show: http://po.st/iuktPr
I look forward to reading and sharing these quotes and reflections this month, and I wish you all a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year.