Coming soon…. (June, a blog post I couldn’t just step away from)
Posted by Phil Young
June has been one of those months, when is it not for a teacher? Year-end trips, events, report cards and of course the inevitable look ahead to the summer. June is certainly not a month to sit back a relax now that the kids in your class have fully-grasped the expectations that you have drilled into them all year. The fact is it is a month to keep them interested and motivated with their learning, what better time for collaborative inquiry-based learning. Students love working with their peers and enjoy the opportunity to explore topics freely. This June has been all about inquiry, collaboration and sharing. My students just wrapped up an inquiry project on the impacts of a global issue related to the use and/or extraction of natural resources and now are working together as an entire class on a geographic inquiry about a country or region they wanted to know more about. While it seems chaotic to have 24 Grade 7’s working on one project, it is amazing to see the division of responsibilities, the planning and the following through that is occurring as time ticks. I have definitely set out my expectations, first to work together to accomplish a goal, two being that they will sharing the findings of their inquiry with my other two classes and a far greater audience using Twitter and other social media like their blogs. As well, to have them gain a better geographical understanding of a place, make global connections with experts (Hopefully 😉 ) and to enjoy learning. And to top off the learning, I have surprised my students by stepping in and participating in the inquiry. What can I say, I love geography and certainly enjoy digging up new information about places I know little about.
On a professional level June has been all about sharing as, Shivonne and I have led a push on Peel’s very own Project184 blog, a place where the Peel District School Board family can share their learning experiences with others within the board and beyond. Three weeks into the pilot of the #peel21st184 blog we have seen nearly 20 Peel educators share their responses to the question, “What did you learn today?” The response has been overwhelming, many have expressed their excitement about the project and lots look forward to the 2014-15 edition of the #peel21st184 blog project. While thinking ahead to next year is probably the last thing of most are doing, we already have put out the Call for Writers (https://peel21st184.wordpress.com/write-for-the-project/) and are looking for contributors whether it be students, teachers, office managers, or superintendents. The goal is to have as many PDSB’ers share their experiences, to inspire others.
Posted on June 19, 2014, in Home and tagged #peel21st, #peelschools, #project184, #socialmedia, #treelineps, blogging, global connections, grade7, Inquiry-based learning, Phil Young, Twitter. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.