Reflections – An EduStory

It was a month of celebrations, of learning journeys that finished but really only just begun. Our ImagineerTech, pilot ePortfolio and Partners in Inquiry groups gathered for celebrations of caring and sharing. There were shared “aha moments” in implementing an inquiry process and watching it unfold with students. But it was the reflective process that connected all the pieces of the puzzle into a living story. Sometimes I think this process is like a conductor that listens intently to all the nuances of the orchestra and draws or softens all the parts so they coordinate both as a whole and as individuals. Assessment in this arena is not “wait until the end applause” but a constant negotiation of the movements of the present. The one thing that one can rely upon is that constant adjustment is a given.

These are their comments captured via “low tech” and gifted to you.

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Curiosity to Explore

In the midst of nippy wet weather, January ushers in celebratory possibilities.  Renewed energy, new beginnings and perhaps that spark of anticipation leads one to hopefulness and curiosity.  Here are a few ideas to explore (connected to literacies, collaboration and connectedness).  The image below hides interactive layers of communication. (Click to reveal.)

Created using Picmonkey.com and Thinglink.com

I can imagine sharing research, story, and experiences. Perhaps a scavenger hunt to teach a content area. There is no limit to possibilities. How are you engaging in new forms of communication? I would love to hear any of your stories.

It Begins With a Spark

Summer is a great time – time for reflection, a change of pace, casual meetups with friends and family. And an opportunity to play around with some ideas that’s been kicking around.  I have a tendency to take summer moments as they happen – dumping aside the calendar and allow things to unfold. It’s the exact opposite of what my life is like the rest of the year.

I’ve been thinking a bit on what drives action – why some ideas pop up, have great promise but wither away; why some ideas are made into realities. And then it hit…it begins with a spark, a connection. (A bit of disclosure here – the term “spark” came from my friend, Bev Ogilvie in her book, ConnectZone.org.) I’ve finally woven the words and image to make it personally meaningful (at least for now).

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What I’ve learned is that sparks happen all around us. Big ones, little ones. The ones that connect are the ones that move into action. It is the action that creates new opportunity for other sparks to surface.  And as ‘learning leaders’,  our job is to look for the sparks in others and allow them to flourish.

What are your sparks? How do you see them playing out in your life? I’d be interested in hearing your stories.

Photo Inspired Thoughts – Or Poems in the Making

I’ve been dabbling with a few ideas that have taken off with a life of its own. It started with an online challenge via Twitter to take images or photos of places we love – a living montage of sorts. No maybe it started with a desire to take advantage of downtime summer moments, words swirling in mid air and connect them in ways that made sense. Or perhaps it leapt off snippets of conversations with friends or a side journey in the maker movement.  Either way, the results are interesting. I posted them on Twitter and my Pinterest page (Quotes) as places to share and to refer.  Here are a few.

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There’s something quite magical about sunrises. Full of hope, it’s a day that starts new adventures waiting to be discovered.

myquote_storymattersWe are creatures of connections (both face-to-face and online). It is through our life stories that we find our connectedness and relationships. Sharing is a human thing to do.

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Have you really looked at the horizon for longer than a minute?  I don’t know if it’s trying to contemplate the vastness or just drinking in all that nature has to offer. Time stands still and everything (big and small) just seems possible. There’s something connected about the experience that’s larger than any of us.

I’m very fortunate to live by both ocean and forest – a perfect place to connect, to rejuvenate and to share.