interest-driven learning

A version of this post originally appeared at my blog. In her book ELL Shadowing As A Catalyst for Change, Ivania Soto quotes a teacher who – after following a protocol to shadow an English Learner student for several periods – discovered that she was doing most of the talking in her classroom.  The teacher goes on to note that the person who talks the most tends to learn the most; she had...
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...
This collection of resources demonstrates the ways that middle school teachers at a high needs middle school in Eastern North Carolina are transforming their professional learning and teaching practices with Connected Learning frameworks.
Bloodshot eyes. Deadpan, drooling faces. Communicating in shrugs, grunts, and moans. This is not a scene from the popular AMC zombie-drama “The Walking Dead,” but a typical scene from many classrooms across the country. In the technological, fast-paced, ever-changing, social media-based society we live in, educators are constantly struggling to keep students interested in what is happening in the...
Which came first?  Visual Art or Literature?  I relate more to a cave man drawing on the walls than Shakespeare writing a sonnet.  But both tell a story.  Stories throughout history have inspired visual art (Ex. The Last Supper).  But how many times have I asked my students to create a visual art piece that is an interpretation of a piece of literature?  Not very often.  grimm7.jpg...
Our month-long series, Equity and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom, continued strongly on Tuesday. The series, broadcast in partnership with Educator Innovator and Connectedlearning.tv, focuses specifically on equity in relation to Connected Learning principles. This third webinar, Multiple Paths to Success: Promoting Peer-Supported Learning Grounded in Student Interests, is now archived....
When I introduced Independent Inquiry in my Grade 4 class during the last school year, it was out of a desire to reinvent homework as a more relevant activity connecting learning at school with learning at home. The primary inspiration was the MIT Media Lab Learning Creative Learning course, and in particular, being introduced to Connected Learning. Interest-driven learning comes as naturally to...
During the month of July, the National Writing Project hosted a four-webinar series on Connectedlearning.tv. The series, Writers at Work: Making and Connected Learning, continued with our fourth and final webinar yesterday, with some great sharing and insight from our guests and a lively conversation in the chat. This webinar was hosted by Antero Garcia of the Colorado State University Writing...
During the month of July, the National Writing Project is hosting a four-webinar series on Connectedlearning.tv. The series, Writers at Work: Making and Connected Learning, continued with our third webinar yesterday, with some great sharing and insight from our guests and a lively conversation in the chat. Above is the archived video from the webinar. You can see this video, as well as an...
How can educators—in school and out—support youth to pursue and document the ideas that matter to them, while simultaneously helping them to use a critical lens? Below is an interactive version of the webinar (thanks to Vialogues), which allows you to add your own comments to the conversation. Feel free to jump in here and/or browse the various related resources below. Note: Play the video in the...

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