Admittedly, I am probably my own worst critic. Many times I am so focused on what I can do better and how I can provide resources and support to fill gaps and meet needs that I forget to stop and take inventory of the things that I do to support students and teachers every day. Truly there is a difference between bragging and celebrating (the intent of bragging is to make other’s feel badly about their own accomplishments in comparison to your own and the intent of celebrating is to recognize and publicly acknowledge the efforts we make.) My intents of blogging have never been to publicly shame others but to inspire other to share, celebrate, and reflect on how we all impact practice and pedagogy each day… and what better way to do that than with Digital Learning Day…
“Started in 2012, Digital Learning Day has provided a powerful venue for education leaders to highlight great teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes.” Digital Learning Day.Org
How Can You Celebrate?
If it were up to me, I think I would employ blinking tiaras and scepters and offer black forest cake… but in the day and age we live in… the best way to share is online… and many times with a blog or a tweet. As I have been focusing on social stories and feeling stems with my two boys, I naturally was already in that mindset, so I skimmed through my last 10 blog posts and summed each one up in a reflective learning stem…
- I Support our Students in Archiving their Work…
- I Share Student Work with an Authentic Audience
- I Support Learning Practices that Benefit the Whole Child
- I Focus on the Process… not the Product
- I Model Differentiated Instruction PD Best Practices
- I Thoughtfully Curate and Create with Care
- I Reflect on Professional Learning
- I Celebrate my Influencers
- I Constantly Work to Hone my Craft
- I Seek New and Innovative Ways to Transform and Impact Student Learning
Too often we get stuck in the digital doldrums of frustration, stress, and despair over technology and hardware… and forget that it really all just boils down to learning… so please share your digital learning reflection stems this Friday and in to the weekend. In fact… we don’t actually need one designated day to celebrate transformative learning… we really just need to build this idea of celebrating and reflecting in to our every day practice… be inspired and know that what you do matters!
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