inquiry

A version of this post originally appeared on my blog. (I am indebted to Paul Oh & Christina Cantrill, both for the title of this post, which comes from an episode of NWP Radio in which they invited me to participate, and for their encouragement to reflect on and write about my experiences.) In the spring of 2013, when I accepted Carolyn Frank’s offer to be the Connected Learning liaison for...
I am researching research. I know, it all sounds very meta. But following my tenth grade English students' completion of our 20% time research projects, I wondered just how much of a difference, if any, this type of inquiry-based research writing assignment made for my practicing writers. And so I ended up undertaking a type of research that was quite similar to the research writing that I was...
Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom, a new ebook from the Digital Media and Learning Hub, is produced and edited by a group of National Writing Project educators and takes examples of practice that teachers have shared online—here at the NWP Digital Is website—and curates them into a larger collection. This collection, unique in its focus on in-school work, explores the principles of...
5524124901_d61802f78a_z.jpg This is cross-posted from autodizactic.com An education with inquiry as it’s goal beats an education with mastery as it’s goal every time. I didn’t realize this is how I feel until a friend asked about the role of mastery at SLA. Here’s why. Mastery takes as it’s goal a finished target. This might not always be its intent, but it is...
Over the summer, I determined two things for certain that would be different about this school year: 1 My class would have more independence and autonomy  2 My class would be more online  The first goal depends primarily on my attitude toward learning. If I trust that students will pursue the learning that interests them and that they need to accomplish their goals, passions, and dreams, I don't...
What is connected learning? What does it look like in practice? As I participated in the National Writing Project's Making Learning Connected #clmooc and the Tar River Writing Project's Connected Learning Institute this summer I realized that the 2013 Legacy Garden project, and much of my teaching practice, is connected learning. My priorities as an educator have always centered upon creating a ...
From the beginning of Digital Is, Red Cedar Writing Project (RCWP) Teacher Consultants have been involved with creating resources, as well as reading and reflecting both publicly in digital spaces, such as through the Digital Is blog or Twitter feed, and less publicly, in face-to-face or virtual discussions with smaller groups of teachers. Most recently, RCWP Teacher Consultants focused our work...
Originally posted as a blog post February 2012. I tried to explain what this means to me in my own learning in a screen-cast this last summer: Now comes a few examples from my students. I ask my students to do a bit of research and some writing about a burning question they have about something of interest to them. More about my curriculum here. I'm interested in this notion of connected...
Bud Hunt suggests that teachers need time to explore, to wonder and question together. "Teaching is, and should be, a subversive activity." he says. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2P33dNaxK8&list=PLJP9gms3pkLI8Frtq7YHPNgfjo-rC86qn  
Several colleagues of mine who teach at the University level have asked me, over time, about their preservice and/or other graduate students engaging here at the NWP Digital Is website and community. Writing Project sites too often organize and convene local study groups and other forms of group learning among educators. I thought I would take a moment then and share a few views into some ways I'...

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