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“The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn. ”

by John Lubbock

Some quick thoughts about learning and online professional development:

  • Everyone can learn
  • Not everyone learns in the same way
  • Learning is a life-long process
  • I hope to inspire my students to want to learn
  • As a teacher, I should help my students learn how to learn
  • I need to model learning for my students
  • I need to show my students purpose
  • I can learn from my students, too
  • I hope to establish an environment of trust and safety in our classroom
  • Learning has changed with innovation. As educators we need to not only acknowledge this, but embrace it. Our students have!
  • Professional Development has also changed with innovation
  • Online professional development has allowed me to stretch beyond my own community and learn from so many other around the world
  • Online PD allows me to see many more perspectives than just those I see around me
  • Online PD has motivated me so much more than I thought possible!

The long-term challenge: In what ways will I ensure that my beliefs about how students learn are reflected in the classroom?

One step towards this goal is reflecting in my blog and another is participating in the online community for this challenge. The blog provides a place for me to reflect on my goals and review them as necessary. The online community provides a place for me to collaborate, share and reflect with others on the same journey.  While the connection to the classroom may not be blatant, it is still there. The connection is me.  The classroom, the blog, the community – I am a part of all of these things and all of these things are tools to be used to keep the focus when the educational demands become overwhelming.


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Beginning this blog is the beginning of a journey. It is about a walk down the road of Education: where it is today and where it is leading all of us.  While I am leading this journey, I invite you, the reader, to join me. What are your thoughts? What are your questions? Am I entirely off base?  What advice to you have to share?

Personally, I sometimes feel bombarded by everything we as educators are expected to do in our schools: 21st century skills, differentiation, multiple intelligences, PLCs, RtI, common assessments, 504s, IEPs, ILPs, and more. And yes, we are also expected to be experts in our field and guide our students in that area.

On the other hand, I see all the benefits that these trends (if you can forgive the term) have to improving student learning. It’s all about what’s best for students and these “trends” have that motivation at heart.

As I try to incorporate all that is expected of me in a manner that speaks to best practices and not trends for the sake of trends, I plan to share my experiences and research with you, the reader.

Let’s see where we can go together!

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