professional learning community

Classroom Photo.jpg Teaching can be so messy.  And learning to teach even messier.  Having in most cases only personal experience to draw from, many student-teachers struggle to consider how theory might translate into classroom practice.  Sure, rich dialogue happens often in pre-service programs. And students are frequently called upon to be reflective as they...
*This article first appeared at News@Fairfield on September 12th, 2013. For the 65 Bassick High School teachers who gathered in Fairfield University’s Oak Room in late August, it was all about literacy—teaching their students to write, to read, and to communicate clearly, effectively, and reflectively. The morning began with a light breakfast and greetings by University President Jeffrey von Arx...
How you ever wondered how thought communities like NWP sites start off as a group of individual and diverse people, who eventually transform in to ever-growing collective communities reshaping how we come to think of and enact teaching and learning?  We've wondered that, too, as a relatively new site of 4 years of existence. We have been carefully studying the ways in which we've been becoming a...
With so many programs and tools, the possibilities for using technology in the classroom seem endless. How do you choose which to use? How do you know where to start?
Key ideas about literacy learning and play are highlighted here in this video introducing Project DIRECT of the Oregon Writing Project at the University of Oregon. A key piece of Project DIRECT is the use of virtual environments, in this case Second Life, to support rural teachers and their professional development work with new media and digital literacies. Here we see a group of twenty...
Screen shot 2010-10-25 at 2.02.14 PM.png Classroom 2.0 is an online community for people interested in Web 2.0 tools and Social Media in education. With nearly fifty thousand members, the site is an excellent opportunity for educators to expand their professional learning networks. It is a space for teachers to share what is working in their classrooms and help each...
This was originally posted on my blog: My Squirrelly View of Education and on the NWP eAnthology 2010. I don’t know about you, but I am continually amazed at our world of instant collaboration and communication. The tool doesn’t seem to matter, be it Twitter, Facebook, or Skype. What matters are the people. Over the last couple of years, online I have had the opportunity to meet hundreds of...

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