This is the time of year when hopefully many of us take time to reflect on a year’s work. Many of us don’t see our work in these increments but certainly we’d like our students to reflect.
I’m proud of the fact that my weblog is my constant reflection. That said, here are a few things I think are highlights for me this year:
- completing my Masters
- introducing many to Read/Write technologies
- presenting with the Posse
- breakfast with Stephen Downes
- coffee with David Warlick
- supper with Wes Fryer, Will Richardson, Tim Wilson and Steve Dembo
- hosting an Open Conference
- sharing the new stories
- publishing in a real print magazine (Why is that such a big deal? I publish everyday to likely as many as read that article!)
- being involved in shaping a new school division
With regards the new division, it has created many challenges, frustrations and discoveries. One thing I’ve enjoyed is great teamwork and collaboration with the 4 other colleagues I work with. 2 of them are changing positions and our new curriculum team of 5 began some initial planning the last few days. Already we’ve engaged in some great discussion about change, the future and making a real difference in the lives of teachers and students.
I’ve been cautioned by one of my colleagues by pushing teachers away from our intended purposes
Words I need to consider and keep in mind in my enthusiam to see change. What I appreciate most about our team is the development of trust among us to challenge each other’s thinking. I think it’s a good sign of progress.
I gave A Whole New Mind by Dan Pink to another one of my team members and she can’t stop talking about it. She’s convinced of its merits both for her own kids and education in general. We all watched the video of Ken Robinson (via Clarence) and it initiated more talk.
Looking forward to the future.
One last thought. I’m jealous of my colleague Jeff Boulton who I suggested use his PD fund to attend NECC. Be sure if you see this face,
say “Hi Jeff! Where exactly is Moose Jaw?”