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Joel Bevans

  • What can schools learn from skateparks?

    Whilst on my way home from school this week I went past a ,relatively new, skatepark. It was a beautiful day and the park was very busy. There were people on skateboards, […]

  • Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Blogging is a great tool for reflection and sharing our thoughts with others (amplification). The one constant problem with this reflection is TIME. How do we fit this in? I […]

  • Hi Tricia,
    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and resources on reflection.
    I think that “being more Dana” is so important for teachers to think about. Going deeper is challenging for teachers and stu […]

  • Hi Tricia,
    Thanks for reading this post!
    I agree that teacher reflection is crucial to the culture and community of our schools developing. I love the idea of shaving time of every meeting to allow for reflective […]

  • Joel Bevans commented on the post, Campfire Collaborations, on the site Future Wise 2 years ago

    Hi Suzy,
    Thanks for reading Campfire Collaborations. I think storytelling is such a big part of who we are as individuals and as a school and I love the link with the branding idea (from Will Richardson) for a […]

  • Hi Ellie,
    Thanks for reading this post.
    Your comments really resonated with me as I reflect back on my journey with blogging.
    I too remember sitting there before my first blog wondering what I was going to […]

  • One of the the things that we do as teachers is tell stories. We share so many stories on a daily basis. It is what we do as teachers. It does not matter on the type of stories that we share. Short stories, long […]

  • Thanks Nora. It is hard to make time for reflection but it is such a vital part of what we do as educators. I am hoping that I can keep to my pledge of reflecting on a weekly basis and amplifying my thoughts.
    I […]

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  • As teachers we value our time. Our time is one of the things that is always limiting in our job. There is never enough time in our day. The list of things to do is ever growing. Some days it is hard to fit in […]

  • Hi Nicki,
    Thanks for stopping by. It is funny how the blog challenge has connected many like minded educators together. Kudos to Tricia for setting this up. I think it has allowed me to grow and gain an insght […]

  • Hi Louisa, I love it when you said “I think the point is that the Marigolds don’t always realise the effect they have on us, and that is what makes them so special. We can absorb and benefit from their c […]

  • Hi Sean,
    Thanks for spending time here. It is much appreciated. Yeah, isn’t it funny how are paths have crossed so many times in the past couple of years. I love the fact that we have connected on a variety of […]

  • Hi Sylvia,
    Thanks for stopping by. The ATL role stems from Ron Ritchart’s Book Creating a Culture of Thinking. I suppose it is a role that is keeping the Culture of Thinking on the table alongside all of the […]

  • What is the one thing that will make a huge difference to you and your practice over the coming school year? 

    Well, more than likely it is the people that you surround yourself with. Take a time to have a […]

    • Hey Joel,
      Always great to connect with you and learn with you!

      I too believe in the Marigold Effect as the importance of surrounding yourself with like-minded people. I find this becomes especially true at work as some of the people I surround myself with at work are not always the people I hang out with…

      One of the things about your post I really liked is what you said about the Marigold Effect being amplified by the powers of technology, PLN’s and Social Media! I have learned so much from you and many of your coworkers through COETAIL for example! We have also maintained connection through Twitter and some of us have or will be taking courses together online.

      I see the Amplified Marigold Effect as an educator however, as a Digital Learning Coach I am trying to facilitate meaningful amplified experiences for the teachers and their students that I work with too. I am going to head over to your Traveling Tales website now but if you have any ideas of other global exchanges I would be very interested!

      Thanks for sharing your post!

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 2 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Tricia,
    What a great video. I loved it. It really resonated with me because my Football team Leicester City defied the odds and won the Premier League last year. Amazingly they were 5000-1 shots to win the league. Was it luck or skill, probably a bit of both. The video also made me think of one of my favourite sports books Moneyball. Which…[Read more]

    • Hi Joel, many thanks for your comment–I hadn’t thought of this being a start of year prompt (simply because I was writing it in June)–but you are right, many of the questions could work as a way to set intentions come August–thank you for that perspective!

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 2 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Carrie,
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the Netflix revolution! It is crazy to think that just a few years ago streaming services were so expensive and not for the mainstream. Now Netflix is everywhere… and you are right it is so addictive. “Oh I will just watch one more” must be the most used phrase whilst binge watching a series or…[Read more]

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 2 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Carrie,
    Thanks for the comments and the link…I will definitely check it out.
    I think education needs to do a better job of giving children skills that are going to be useful in their life time. Education needs to be creative and expressive and it needs to move to meet the needs of our diverse classrooms, schools. I think it is our role to…[Read more]

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 2 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Cary,
    Thanks for your comments. I completely agree with you.
    I think that one of our roles as educators is to model that we take risks, make mistakes and that it is good to think differently. By modelling this behaviour we are showing our students that this is something that we value and think is important. Usually we will see similar…[Read more]

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