January 20, 2011

Learning to Learn

I've had the privilege of spending a few days in Shelley Wright's Classroom.  Her blog has been a breath of fresh air this year as she has been taking some major steps in changing her classroom.  Watching her students and her interact and find their way was not necessarily a smooth and perfect transition. She would be the first to admit there's a long way to go. 

When you take 35 minutes of interviews and try to condense it to around 5 minutes, you risk leaving out key ideas or making ideas flow. I used snippets from her blog to frame the video and then allowed her and her students to speak more directly about their experiences.  There may be some who see her as being critical but her critique is much more about a faulty system and paradigm than about teachers.  I hope this video can be used to elicit some discussion. 

On a side note, the reason it has (revised) in the title because my first cut was over 8 minutes and needed some cleaning up. Thanks to Ben Grey and a few others who offered some detailed and important feedback I was able to get it to this point. I can say enough about the need and power of feedback, particularly when tackling a project like this that takes several hours to create.