Collaboration, Communication, Community
These are definitely a few of my favourite things! And I am so grateful that I work with such wonderful colleagues who want to collaborate and communicate about what we are doing in our classrooms! It is such a wonderful sense of community, especially in my wing of the school where many of us plan together and do the same things with our students.
For example, I am doing my second field study on the concept of #geniushour and blogging with my class and it is so wonderful that my neighbour down the hall, Mr. McDonald, is doing the exact same activities with his grade 7s. We talk, email and tweet about what we are doing (successes, struggles) everyday and it is so valuable to have this sense of community here and to know that I am not trying out new activities/teaching styles on my own but that there is someone here in the exact same boat as me.
I am also fortunate to have such a wonderful PLN on twitter, and I also collaborate with them (especially about #geniushour).
Speaking of #geniushour, it is going really well! So far this month, students had three Monday afternoons to work on their personal inquiry projects and this Monday they will present to the class what they accomplished during that time. I am really excited to see the powerpoints, movies, etc this Monday. And I am so thankful to Mrs. Krebs and Mr. McDonald for helping me along my journey.
Mr. McDonald's class website
My class website
Mr. McDonald's students' blogs
My student's blogs
Follow Mr. McDonald @hughtheteacher
Follow me @gallit_z
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