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the brilliance of voicethread

i have the good fortune of participating in bill ferriter’s most recent asynchronous voicethread conversation with rick and beck dufour.  (technically, so do you, but you just aren’t showing up:) this time it is around their work regarding response to interventions and the conversation is fantastic.  as i participate in discussions that really matter to what we do i am overwhelmed with a sense of sadness that there are teachers who never have these conversations.  there are teachers who get to school, shut their door, lunch in the lounge, grade papers and go home.  it sounds terribly hokey, but they are being deprived of something very simple that would invigorate them and effect real change in their teaching practice…conversation.  intelligent conversation.  i’m going to set aside the AMAZING things that a tool like voicethread can mean to a classroom and just talk about us as educators and professional learners.  although, perhaps this is more about the type of person that i am?  i have always thought that all teachers have an inherent love of learning, but i guess that doesn’t mean we all have an inherent love of conversation.  although, shouldn’t we?  we would be pretty lousy model learners (which is how students see us, like it or not) if we consumed knowledge/ideas/etc and never shared them; never showed our students the excitement that comes from thoughtful exchange.  stop by the voicethread here, you won’t be sorry.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2010 in cube life

 

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keeping it ‘real

it was nice to sit down and have a real conversation about the work that is done in a gt classroom.  i had the pleasure of beginning my first coaching contract, in my current role.  it seems like everything i see that is ‘wrong’ with my current responsibilities is ‘right’ when i have the time to have real conversation…something very hard to do with a group of 50.  i understand the reality of professional development and the art of facilitation but i much prefer the individual or small group.  it’s not a control issue, i’m fine with ‘real’ conversations happening that i don’t have my finger on the pulse of, so to speak.  i think it is the mindset of the crowd.  it’s easy to do something else when you don’t feel like someone is paying attention and i think that is the trap that some teachers fall in to.  i don’t EVER want to make my thoughts about casting dispersions on the teachers i work with, and that is not what this is about.  this is about me and what i perceive to be happening when i work with groups of varying sizes.

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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