I am nearing the end of a two week cycle facilitating for a connected learning MOOC with the Tar River Writing Project, and one of the questions one of our participants asked has got me thinking. asked a great question about what we will do when technology crashes.
Ashley Hutchinson is an English teacher in eastern North Carolina who attended East Carolina University for her BS and her MAEd. In her nearly ten years of teaching, she has been an instructor at the high school level, the community college level, and the university level. She currently teaches AP Language and Composition and journalism at Rose High School in Greenville, North Carolina, where she enjoys working on building partnerships with East Carolina University through the Teacher Quality Partnership grant and the Tar River Writing Project. She is also the director for NCETA's Region 1.
Writing Project Site
After participating in the week-long Connected Learning Summer Institute with the Tar River Writing Project, I came away with lots of ideas for how to implement more connected learning in my classroom. But, I also came away an opportunity to reflect on connected learning that already exists in my classroom. The kind folks at TRWP asked me to create another connected learning resource, and I couldn’t for the life of me decide what to write about. Twenty percent time? Haven’t done it yet. Service learning? That project needs some kinks worked out. Then I got an e-mail from a student that had me shedding tears in my driveway, and I realized that of all the activities I do in my classroom, one stands out above the rest as a bastion of connectivity.
I Believe in Thievery
At Rose High School, located in eastern North Carolina and populated by students on extreme ends of the socioeconomic spectrum, we have students who are passionate and active about everything from establishing a witty presence on social media to saving orphans in Darfur, but these are often extracurricular activities that don't show up in the actual classroom. Students might spend hours posting selfies on Facebook or hours planning a benefit concert, but when they feel like they have to put on their academic persona, they tend to forget those parts of themselves.