Today I took part in our first elluminate session for the Powerful Learning Practice (PLP). Such a cool experience to be able to sit down for 2 hours with 60 other educators and experts to have an onine discussion changes in learning and teaching. As a teacher I have found the lack of time to reflect and refocus my practice to be one of the most frustrating parts of the job, so to have to set time aside to essentially do just that every once in a while with those who are in a similar place is great.
This session really challenged me to put greater effort in to changing the learning that goes on in my classes into experiences that are more relevant and genuine to the 21st century, and away from the old factory based model. I think this really starts with modelling. I need to model to my students what a 21st century learner looks like. Also, adding that reflection and constant refocusing that I would like to do more of to my classes would probably be a good start.
Google search results in anything but the real Allan Whitehead. I am non-existent on Google. To be honest that is by design, I have never been very comfortable with the idea of others finding me online for some reason, but now that I think about it I don’t think that is the right attitude to have. My privacy is important, and I always think twice about sharing personal information online, but I think a managed online presence will be a great tool for me as a teacher. It will help me connect to a huge network of incredibly diverse educators, and it will also allow me to incorporate more engaging practices into my own teaching.
Just working my way through the PLP pre-game plays. Nothing to get too excited about here… but indeed, very powerful.
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