Day 111 (of 184) important conversations
While I love twitter, blogs and similar asynchronous forms and forums of educational dialogue – I am most proud of the important face to face conversations that are occurring. As examples:
At my school while we are shifting from report cards to eportfolios, we have been having a lot of discussions. What I love most is that so far none of them have had ‘easy answers’. Today we were talking about sharing student reading; specifically is it ‘best’ to share grade 1 students reading at their ‘instructional’ level (and show the pauses & strategies being used …. or being prompted) or is it better to show students ‘showing off’ and reading at their ‘independent level’ and highlighting fluency and accuracy.
Another conversation deviated from a rant (that I may or may not have been leading) about shifting away from desktops to mobile technology. Despite the ‘affordability’ of desktops, here I really agree with ‘you get what you pay for’. Anyways this led to a discussion about what our school district has been doing – and still being ‘a new guy’ I probably better suited to take a step back and acknowledge that while we are not where we want to be, there are neat things being highlighted around the province. Bruce Beairsto recently tweeted about Len Wood Middle: @technolandy: “@bbeairsto: CEA Ken Spencer Award finalists http://t.co/4oxHAx1kPm”
Other districts have come to see the innovative time tabling being done at Eagle River. Even my own schools works on eportfolios and geniushour have gotten nice attention. And of course there are many others taking on challenging ‘innovative learnings’. It just takes time. And good questions.
I hope that ‘good questions’ (the ones that often don’t hear answers or at least not ‘easy’ answers) becomes the hallmark of our district. We are taking advantage of the edcamp model to ask & discuss these queries. In fact our next mini-edcamp (one non-rotation discussion time) is next Wednesday. And even though I am very tired after a long week – more than looking forward to this weekend, I’m looking forward to the chats next Wednesday.
Good questions. They need to be asked to have the important conversations!