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Telling Our Story – #LearnAndShare

In the Information Age, we strive to serve a broader purpose, to learn and share, to give back to our community.  How might we give and take, consume and produce?  As learners, we seek to find and offer our voice, to reflect, and to embrace learning out loud.

What if our goals include sharing our in process thinking and learning? How might we level up in writing, reflection, and public presence?

  • Kathy Bruyn: Student Portfolios: It’s all worth it!
    If you’re wondering if it’s worth the time and energy you put into helping students create online portfolios of their work each year, I have your answer.
  • Chari Nickerson: #TBT.Pickle.Trees
     I’m so proud to have been there to hear and learn alongside my students.
  • Marsha Harris: Coding for Communication Collaboration Critical Thinking and Creativity
    When students learn to code, they learn to think analytically, problem solve, and practice public speaking skills.  They begin to think like inventors, entrepreneurs, and creators. 
  • Jill Gough:  Engaging Every Learner #AskDontTell
    What if we offered the opportunity for every child to show what they know instead of having them raise their hands and wait for the chance to respond? Here’s what that looks like in practice.
  • Mary Jacob Harris: Taking Risks to Flourish
    While Michelle and I constantly remind students they need to take risks to grow and that making mistakes is okay, I thought it was time to model risk taking. 
  • Justin Cahill: The Art of Losing
    Let’s model gracious behavior both in victory and defeat.  Following a tough loss, the last thing our guys want to do is dwell on it.  Losing is not the end of the world.  A positive character is what will make our budding sons into great men.  That is priceless.
  • Samantha Steinberg: When Do You Abandon A Book?
    Although a week ago I was ready to set this book aside for another time, I’m actually glad I stuck with it for just a little longer. Halfway through the book, it got very exciting, and I’m now fully engrossed.

Derek Sivers says it well:

Tell your story. Tell our story.

Learn… and share.

thinkering and applying – #MakerEd #LearnAndShare

On February 26, I participated in a workshop with Lindsey OwnVinnie VrotnyJaymes Dec, and Andrew Carle on Maker Education.  It was AWESOME! (You can read a summary of the details of the workshop on Lindsey’s blog post, #MakerEd at #NAISac14!) I applaud their plan, pedagogy, and execution. It was a real workshop with learner choice and learning by doing. Here’s a glimpse of the action:

Image by Lindsey Own; used with permission.

My favorite of the experiences was the sewing station.  Using a strip of felt, snaps, an led, a battery, and some conductive thread, I created a wearable circuit. Now, I have to confess that I have, in my past, co-taught calculus-based physics to seniors.  While I was the calculus person on the team, I did quite well with circuits. I could read most problems, draw the circuit (in parallel or in series) and answer the question posed by the book.  Sewing my bracelet at NAIS was the first time I ever created, touched, designed a circuit. Amazing and sad at the same time.  How much more would I have understood about physics if I’d had the sewing experience first?

I wanted to have two leds on my bracelet.  In conversation with my 9-year old, she asked if her bracelet could have her name as well light up.  Trying to apply her ideas into my learning, here’s the next iteration in my learning:


I used 18 ct Aida cross stitch fabric and DMC thread to produce my bracelet.  I tried to capture the process in pictures.

I am grateful to  Lindsey OwnVinnie VrotnyJaymes Dec, and Andrew Carle for the experience at NAIS.

How might we connect ideas with our learners? How might we ramp up design and hands-on experiences to make additional opportunities for curiosity, creativity, critical reasoning, communication, collaboration, and control?

Learn and Share …AND… Practice and Share – #TrinityLearns

PD opportunities abound, but do they spur change? We go off to conferences and have a great time. We get inspired as we learn and share. But, in the busyness of school upon return, do we act, practice, and prototype what we’ve learned?

If PD does not cause a change in practice, did PD occur?

And, if PD causes a change for one teacher, is that enough? Shelley (@lottascales) and Bo (@boadams1) and I, along with countless others, continue to labor over this question.

How might we leverage learning opportunities to shift more than just one or two teachers? I could cry over the effort put forth with minimal results. We are working to put in place a “learn and share” system, so that our PD learning isn’t limited to the lucky few at conferences. We are not there yet.

But, there are bright spots! For background information, we sent a delegation of teacher-learners to ETT2013 Leading Change in Changing Times: EdTechTeacher iPad Summit USA. Karen Boykins (@K_Boykins) was one of the teachers in our group.  I think Karen was new to tweeting. (I found one tweet from November.) Throughout the conference, Karen tweeted her big take-a-ways and retweeted others.  Awesome!

On Sunday, she sent the following email as a reflection.

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Worth repeating:

I feel inspired to do more, passion for incorporating the iPad more as a learning tool, excited to share & that I used Twitter, a little overwhelmed as I soak it all in and wonder how will my classroom look different, and grateful for the opportunity.

Again, awesome!  To make it even better, on Monday, Karen sent the following tweet.

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Even (more) better, Karen’s work was praised by our colleague Samantha Steinberg (@spsteinberg), another new tweeter at the iPad Summit.

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PD that causes action – on multiple levels – needs to be replicated again and again. Brava to these motivated learners for learning, sharing, practicing, sharing more, and praising each other!

Learn and share.

Apply what you learn.

Broadcast for others to learn too!


Learn and Share…A reason to tweet – #TrinityLearns

I’m often asked about using Twitter.  I almost always say that I use Twitter to take notes when I’m at conferences.  I use Twitter to crowd-source my notes.  To some, it seems complex and complicated.  To me, it is comforting to know that others are picking up ideas that I may miss while I’m thinking.

This week, Tony Wagner and Madeline Levin spoke in Atlanta.  A collaborative effort between The Walker School, The Lovett School, The Westminster Schools, and Trinity School brought these two speakers to Atlanta.  At Trinity, we asked our faculty to attend one of the two talks.

The screen shot below shows the start of the Twitter notes shared at Tony Wagner’s 4:00 talk at Lovett.  Important to note, there were many tweets at Wagner’s talk.  I captured ones using the hash tag #Wagner.

Screen Shot 2013-03-25 at 8.29.47 PMI usually use Storify to capture tweets from conferences to have notes from my learning experiences.

On a whim, I sent the following email to our community the next morning.

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The response was, well, shocking.  I received 5 email messages thanking me for the notes and another dozen face-to-face thank you’s and questions.  Here are some of the comments I received in writing.

Love it! Another great example of technology embedded PD.
I LOVED Tony Wagner’s session. I’ve got my husband on baby-duty for one more day so I can go tonight as well!
Thanks for this email!  Hopefully we’ll see even more tweeting tonight…
Thanks for sharing this.  I am sorry that I was here deep in the details but glad to have been able to read everyone’s comments….
Thanks for sharing!  I did not take notes but wished I had!
First of all, thank you for encouraging Twitter.  I actually looked at it last night to see what the conversation was during the talk.

The response was so positive that I was motivated to tweet during Madeline Levine’s talk and Storify the notes.  As I was sitting in the auditorium waiting for the talk to begin, Michelle Perry came to check with me about the hash tag #Levine that I sent in my email. She noticed that the #Levine hash tag was all about Adam Levine.  Awesome! Michelle is not a seasoned user of Twitter.  She noticed something that I failed to check.  We quickly checked #MLevine and made this correction prior to the talk. I love that she was so proactive about her understanding and our learning.

After the talk, I created the Madeline Levine – Atlanta – 2013 Storify shown and linked below.

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I sent the following email to our community to share our notes.

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I was so pleased with myself about completing this task before I left to go home.  Dr. Levine spoke to parents at Trinity at 7:00.  My hypothesis was that the Storify could “go to press” because parents wouldn’t tweet.  I failed to consider that the administrators in the evening session would tweet.  So, I felt compelled to Storify and email one more time.

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Screen Shot 2013-03-25 at 9.16.33 PMAgain, I received several thank you’s and lots of questions about the notes, sharing what was learned, and the power of Twitter.

Even if a teacher-learner only contributed one tweet to the stream of #Wagner or #MLevine, they participated in the crowd-sourcing of notes for the learners in the room, the learners reading on Twitter, and the learners using the notes to stay connected.

How do we create more reasons to learn, to share, to investigate, to risk, and to grow?