The Value of Twitter for Professional Development

It has been a bit of a whirlwind since our day with George Couros…but I am happy to say that I have since become a twitter addict.  I believe that anything you read that has you reflect on your practices or inspires you to try something new is an invaluable resource.  Twitter is becoming one of those resources for me.  Once you find a few great people to follow (George being one), it leads you to many other people who have amazing ideas, resources and thought-provoking messages to share.  I definitely have abandoned my pinning addiction on Pinterest lately to explore twitter and I wanted to share a few interesting tweets that I have retweeted from people I am following.

6 C’s and a P – video from   @NewPedagogies

Profile of a 21st Century Teacher   @kmcevoy50

24 Games, Apps, and Websites Teachers Use in STEAM classrooms   @smarter_science

The Inquiry Process   @MindShiftKQED

I have retweeted these on my professional twitter account @jenn_regier.  Feel free to start following me and just a warning…you may become a twitter addict like me!

Leigh and I also presented our project last week at ECOO…Moving Beyond Apps:  Blogs as Digital Portfolios in the Primary Classroom.  It was an amazing opportunity to share with others and the big theme at ECOO this year was around Google apps, inquiry, and making learning visible to others.  The good news:  we are so on the right track!

One of the presenters that focused on inquiry had a fabulous resource to share about how he integrated inquiry into his junior classroom.  The website is www.inquiry-based.com.  Check it out if you would like to be inspired!  From this website, I was able to start following these two presenters on twitter which led me to this website that provides lesson plans for divisions and under the “video tab” a section about an approach to inquiry that provides video coverage about how to plan for inquiry, what it looks like, classroom setup, etc.  Here is the link to the site – OESSTA link

What do you think?  Do you have any other twitter friends or websites that you find valuable for professional reading that I should start following who have amazing ideas to share?  I would love to hear about it.

Jenn Regier

 

Reflection

As a year two participant and lead in the project, I believe that my biggest reflection and aha moment for me so far has been about the design of our professional meetings.  As an educator, my knee-jerk reaction is to plan, plan and plan.  Plan the agenda, plan how much time everything takes, and even planning or predicting what questions people will ask so I have my answer planned!  Today, we have been flexible with our agenda…and as a result, I believe that we are meeting the needs of the group. Allowing for this flexibility has given members time to generate conversation, build relationships and engage in meaningful ways for them.   This practice has me thinking about how I can transfer these same practices into my own classroom so that students are able to fully shift into the inquiry stance and map their own course of learning that works best for them. I want students to create meaningful posts and generate meaningful comments to others so that real, meaningful conversations are being captured and that students are learning from each other.

Pumpkin Investigation

Yesterday, Mr. Weber, Mrs. Rush and the Busy Bees carved pumpkins, and we investigated about pumpkins. We started by measuring our pumpkins. We measured how big, how wide, how round and how much it weighed. One of our classmates, Cohen, weighs 42 pounds and the biggest pumpkin weighed half the size of Cohen. We made a graph to show the results of our pumpkin comparisons.

Then, we carved the pumpkins. There was goop in the pumpkins and there were pumpkin seeds that we collected from the goop. The insides of the pumpkins were different. One even had green insides and funny looking seeds. Ms. King told us there was one that wasn’t really a pumpkin. It was a gourd that looked like a pumpkin. We drew lines on the pumpkins for the face of the jackolantern. Then Mr. Weber and Mrs. Rush cut them out. We have 5 jackolanterns in our class. Ms. King says we are going to roast the seeds we gathered, and eat them at our Halloween party.

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