Iteration: Slice of Life 3/9


Lately I’ve been thinking about what has changed in my teaching since I left the classroom in 2006 and then returned in 2016. Lots, sure, but the single biggest shift has been in how I grow my teaching craft. Continuous, forward, iterative…not unlike the design process. I have intentionally made room in my daily schedule to attend to my Twitter feed, where I rub elbows with some of the most brilliant people in the world. In fact, my professional growth increased exponentially when I joined Twitter in 2009. I can learn anything I want, in my own time, in my own way. A game changer.

It doesn’t end there, though; it’s what I do with all that information and knowledge that makes such a difference in our learning space. Constantly observing what works, what doesn’t work…asking for feedback from my learners and then returning to the drawing board is the key. It is beautiful: Reflecting, Rethinking, Redesigning. It fills up every part of my body.

Hey…if learning this way works for me, shouldn’t it work for our students?






6 Replies to “Iteration: Slice of Life 3/9”

  1. I agree that online avenues has increased my learning. Yes, it should be there for our students too. It is their future.

  2. It sounds like you have such a nice attitude and embrace everything about those around you, taking it all in. Nice!

  3. I also use Twitter for my professional Learning, I also reflect on what works or why I cannot use certain ideas but have never thought to help students learn in that way- “Reflect, Rethinking, Redesigning” Thank you

  4. Isn’t it great? I love the seemingly endless supply of webinars and articles always available. I think this is a huge and very positive shift for our field.

  5. This post is beautiful in its simplicity, but in complex in its call to action. This is a beautiful mentor text for opinion writing: A microstory, a connection, a then a (BLAM!) now what. The internet has changed everything about the way we can learn about our craft, it’s true. I wonder how many take advantage of that or see the cycle of learning for not just our students but ourselves. Wonderful food for thought. I’ll be sharing this.

  6. The golden line of your piece for me is: “It is beautiful: Reflecting. Rethinking. Redesigning.”
    I agree it works for us and our students!

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