Day 77 (of 187) happy holidays – the ups and downs and ups again
2018 has been eventful to say the least! I have moved my family to the west coast (not just on the best side of the Rockies but right onto the Pacific) – save for my oldest who has joined Waterloo Engineering to study System Design – and with my own learning and loving of Design Thinking, I couldn’t be prouder. But I’m also proud of m son who goes to school each day without “feeling sick” the night before…. even after a long weekend! Learning output is the next phase but he feels connected to his learning community. This is huge. And then my youngest daughter who has created a great network of friends before we even moved into our house – and made her transition from a middle school to secondary with a range of academic and athletic successes.
Between my learning community and living community it has been amazing to my wife and I how fast time has flown by but also how connected we feel – ‘the state of flow’ when the feeling of time does not match up with the reality of seconds ticking by….and while we miss people, we know we will always have connections!
This year I have seen more support for eportfolios – but some interesting questions (and prompts) so that I will be focusing some weekend time to put together a book (of sorts) to help people better embrace an eportfolio mindset to support personalized learning journeys using formative descriptive feedback loops! and today I learned I get to share this at this springs CAFLN conference!
I have seen more acceptance and use of Project Based Learning (ideally blended with Design Thinking) as a way to help learners show what they know in their own way(s) – not everyone needs to show their learning in the same way – much like no one has to have their coffee the same way!
There has been an increase in the understanding the importance of inclusion – though we know that some inclusions are easier than others because mental wellness and mental complexities are not as easy to “see”. And reminders need to be shared that depression isn’t the same as feeling sad and while worries and anxieties share similarities, they are not the same thing either!
I love the people I have connected with this year – both face to face and asynchronously. My new school and district…..the #edchats and twitter folks gave me a lot of support to make the end of 2018 the best I’ve felt in awhile (even had to buy some new pants as my other ones were looking too big…) this is not a career to be isolated – and with the right people making connections, changes in education are happening – dominos are toppling as efolios allow more personalized projects to be used which in turn focuses descriptive feedback on what an individuals “next steps” are rather than “the whole class” moving at a set pace. this is happening. not everywhere. not at the same time. but the mindset is tipping as more students are becoming more aware as to why they are learning something not just what to memorize and repeat.
Can’t wait to see what 2019 brings to me and my PLN! But to all a good rest and let the brain percolate away on pondering from the busy times!