I really love the post, Empowering English Language Learners with Technology, co-written by Dora DeBoer and Alex Lianne Carter. Their image along with the quote, “Learners are the driver, Technology is the Accelerator” captured everything I’ve been reflecting on recently. While the piece does a beautiful job of showing how technology has pushed the classroom walls down for teachers and thus their students, it also speaks to me about the professional learning for today’s educators. As 21st Century educators, we drive our own learning…we can pick up a book or go to a conference, PD, staff meeting, etc. Even with these opportunities, eventually I return to a room where I’m ‘by myself’ with twenty five 9- and 10-year-olds. By myself, I’ll never, ever be “all that and a bag of chips”. Have me share ideas with my colleagues and together we might be “all that’. Let us connect with others across the hall, town, state, or in the world through/with technology and you’ve just accelerated our learning ten-fold! No need for the “bag of chips”!
Free-choice seating (allowing students to choose their seat) with flexible-seating choices (comfortable seating) has been a welcome wave of change in 21st Century classrooms. Cemetery-style desks are being replaced with yoga balls, wobble discs, Hokki stools, and more. If you’ve been in a Starbucks recently, you’ll notice the different options available to chat with … Read moreStarbucks My PD Please