October 10, 2016

Being Inspired to Inspire: Paying it Forward


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I have felt some frustration in having to take a few backward steps in my practice this year.  I have moved from a small, innovative primary school where I worked collaboratively with colleagues to embed contemporary learning practices into our practice, to a very large K-12 school where I see pockets  of innovation.  I am finding it challenging working with a much larger staff, many of whom feel pressured to view learning as getting-through-the-syllabus-in-my-subject-area-so-students-can-get-good-marks.  I want to make a difference to the learning culture in my new workplace.

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August 11, 2016

Being open to digital scholarship

Realize what traditions you will need to carry forward but also question what is out there that will help make a difference and achieve new things.   (Aida Batlle)

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Martin Weller (Wales DTC, 2015) maintains that if he tried to sell the current protocols around academic publishing to a new audience today, people would not buy into it.  However, conservative, traditional, risk-averse academia stand by those protocols, as humorously noted by Emily Willingham in her post “Yes, Serious Academics Should Absolutely Use Social Media”.  Unfortunately, this seems to be an attitude that is shared by the education system as a whole, as it continues to cling to the brink of change, judging the value of a child’s education based on their achievements in statewide tests.

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