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My first week as a #Flatclassroom Certified Teacher participant

August 25, 2012

Connect & Reflect. Well I’ve been at it about one week now officially.

If you don’t know about Flat Classroom and how it can benefit your professional learning and student collaboration on a global scale, I suggest you check it out. Ive been lurking #flatclass for about a year now because I’d  heard about these great global projects happening and thought, I need to get involved. As an international teacher with learners from around the world in my class we have so much to offer. So much to learn.  I dont do enough of this global collaboration in my  class. My school does not do enough of this. It is important. This is when started to follow Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay .

After reading the first few chapters I had a few ‘aha’ moments.

  • ensuring you community is ready to support global collaborisatin
  • create a Connection Strategy
  • the reason why we ‘do’ global projects

These are personal and may not be the same for you. As I reflected further……..

The framework for this reflection that the course uses  is the ‘What?’, ‘So what?’, ‘Now what?’ model. here it goes:

‘What?’ I use alot of tools in my teaching and personal learning. Not alot that is new, there are SO many tools but I use the tools that suit my needs suchas Twitter, Flickr etc but would love seeing and reading other blogs. I would like to see a blog ‘rubric’ if one exists.

‘So what?‘ I think what  strikes me most is the usefulness of a blog. It started as a reflective tool. Very personal. Not its very much public and sharing and connection is key. This module was beneficial because it made me look at the different places I represented online. My online presence as a whole.

‘Now what?‘ Taking it to the next level, Id like to make more robust and meaningful connection with my PLN. I have done this by joining a collaborative blog, but would like to try Quad Blogging with other Grade 1 PYP educators to develop a closer personal connection. Id love to see my class quad blogging with others for authentic global connections.

Lots to learn. The best is yet to come.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2012 5:13 am

    Nice blog Jason. I have so many questions for you….What is a pyp educator? What is quad blogging? And why does it draw your interest? And have you always been such a keener (chapter 4 and challenges 4 and 5 done already!?)? Keep the bar high Jason, the rest of us will reach for it.

    • August 29, 2012 6:46 pm

      Thanks Julie!
      Ive been working in the Primary Years Programme for a number of years now. Its an inquiry based framework for schools. Im pretty much new to quad blogging with my kids. Ill give it a go this year though. Should be great. Its nice to know people read and take an interest in your online presence, quad blogging is great where each week the group comments on one of the 4 blogs in the group. Authentic audience. Well I am a keener..but Ive gone ahead a bit as Ill be in Bangkok and then Beijing in the next few weeks – so Ive got a little ‘extra’ time now! 🙂

      Look forward to learning with you!

  2. August 28, 2012 4:42 am

    Jason, I also would like to make more meaningful and robust connections with my PLN part of my reason for joining the Flat Classroom Teacher I am curious to know what collaborative blog you joined? Also too am wondering what quad blogging is…sounds intriguing.

  3. june permalink
    August 29, 2012 2:31 pm

    Its a very nice blog. My questions are very similar to that of Julie Balen. I am a part of PYP Grade 1 in one of the schools in India.Very curious to know about it. Keep us updated

    • August 29, 2012 6:51 pm

      Hi June

      Thanks! Well my favorite part of the PYP is the freedom it allows for students to go on their own journey, inquire and find out. Its really a framework for learning.

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