May 15, 2007

That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout

Today I had my informal evaluation with my superintendent. She was more than gracious in her appreciation of not only the work I do within our division but truly gets the importance of my connectivity and what this means for teaching and learning. We talked about the growth of many of our classrooms in terms of their move to a more relevant learning experience and more self-directed learning.

I cited one example that to me exemplifies the work and change that I’ve had a hand in.

Sophie has always been a teacher who put the needs of her students up front. This year we met several times to look at the idea of Web 2.0 and what that means for the classroom. She began with a blog. A few months ago we had Darren talk to a group of teachers via Skype to share his work. Sophie made the leap from a classroom blog where she was posting assignments to getting students to not only blog but post their daily labs and learning via video. This semester, they’ve uploaded 38 videos of their work. She’s not the one posting or uploading, it’s the kids. I’ve talked to her about it and she continues to be excited for the work of her students. The growth and improvement of their work over time has been clearly evident. She not only gets this, but is now “evangelizing” in her school and beyond. This is what it’s supposed to look like. So what are you waiting around for, head over to her blog and encourage her and her kids!