Day 30 (of 188) beyond the classroom

Day 30 (of 188) beyond the classroom

Today we took the school on the road.

Our teachers (and support staff and parents) all braved the weather forecast of rain and headed to Adams River to see the dominant sockeye salmon run this year: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/adams-river-sockeye-salmon-run-near-kamloops-draws-crowds-1.2797036

And the clouds parted and we started a fabulous day!

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Because it’s one thing to talk theory and do drawings/watch videos/do readings etc but it’s quite another to actually see it:

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Certainly it’s tougher to leave the classroom (kids + forests = _____) but that’s also kind of the point! Learning happens within AND outside the classroom walls – this is something that our schools work on eportfolios has helped us model: we no longer need students to complete a worksheet based on their experience, we can capture their learning ‘as it happens’ and ‘where it happens’.

Kind of connects to the mom who texted me a video of her son demonstrating some music – to be added to his portfolio because while he’s shy at school…..we have evidence that he can ‘do it’ – and isn’t that the point of learning?

Learning: the new 24/7 activity for learners – archived and communicated ‘so much better via eportfolio than any piece of paper ever could’ (quote from one of our moms). Break the walls!!

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About technolandy

Principal of Sorrento Elementary Educator pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Piloting ePortfolios
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One Response to Day 30 (of 188) beyond the classroom

  1. T. Henriksen says:

    I love this!

    Yes, learning is so much more than what happens within our school walls! We can learn so much more from getting out and exploring. There really is nothing like seeing things with our own eyes, like your salmon experience.

    I must admit, before kids, I had students who would not do things for me at school. They would be shy and they would not say the alphabet, or read the sight words we were studying, or do the math sheets they were expected to complete. When I had discussions with parents, they would say, “Well, they can do it at home.” I remember, sadly, not believing these parents. I thought to myself, when if they could do it, I’m sure they would do it here! The parents *must* be making this up or helping them too much at home. Well, then I had kids. Things changed. My own kids did some of the same things. My son, while going to speech therapy, would make the difficult sounds for me at home, but when we were in front of the therapist – no way! Uggghhh! I heard my mouth open and the words come out, “But, he did it at home!” It was at that moment when I remembered those other parents of students of mine. The lightbulb of understanding turned on.

    It’s so wonderful that technology can help our students demonstrate their learning – wherever they are – wherever they feel comfortable!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Tia

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