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  • Holly Fraser posted a new activity comment 8 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Marcelle,

    Thanks for your comment and recommendation. I’ve been a follower of the Reggio Emilia approach for awhile now and do wish some of the aspects of their approach to teaching and documenting of learning –could also move on up through the older grades.

  • Holly Fraser posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Thanks so much Valerie!

    Thank you also for being a part of that learning journey! I hope we have (make) the opportunity to collaborate in future.

    Good luck with the rest of your Coetail journey. 🙂
    Holly

  • I can’t tell you how excited I am to be nearly done with Coetail.  Don’t get me wrong–it has been an amazing learning journey.  I’ve made many great connections and pushed myself professionally way beyond what I […]

    • Wow, Holly! Impressive work here. Not only what you’ve accomplished at school, but also your reflection of your journey is so well done. Those little guys and girls, the teachers too, are so lucky to have your support and enthusiasm for such a great program. I really can’t wait to see how e-portfolios and blogging develop at our school over time.

      Best,
      Valerie

      • Thanks so much Valerie!

        Thank you also for being a part of that learning journey! I hope we have (make) the opportunity to collaborate in future.

        Good luck with the rest of your Coetail journey. 🙂
        Holly

    • Very inspiring work, thank you! I am so interested in this way of documenting learning and see so many benefits across the school, also for professional learning. Documenting learning is done so well in lower primary, but I have found it is harder to get teachers on board the higher up in the school you get- but it can be so valuable in all areas! I really liked this book : Visible Learners, Promoting Reggio Inspired Approaches in All Schools.

      • Hi Marcelle,

        Thanks for your comment and recommendation. I’ve been a follower of the Reggio Emilia approach for awhile now and do wish some of the aspects of their approach to teaching and documenting of learning –could also move on up through the older grades.

  • A post about my community/online engagement of PLN cannot be written strictly from a course 5 perspective.  If I were to focus only on my engagement with my PLN during the narrow time of a few months, it […]

  • Holly Fraser posted a new activity comment 10 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Sean,

    I am completely, mind-boggling impressed by the video you and your school put together. I can’t believe the level of collaboration and commitment that kind of project must have taken. Although upon viewing the ‘making of,’ I had a small laugh at the “1000’s of mails back and forth’ and have a bit of an insight…

    I also had a…[Read more]

  • Holly Fraser posted a new activity comment 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Steve,

    I liked your opening sequence of “imagine a world…” this is definitely the kind of PD we were fortunate to receive!

    Your post is a timely reminder to critically assess my own use of tech in the classroom–in my role I perhaps am looking through to narrow a lens–how can I fit tech in here–when perhaps the question should be,…[Read more]

  • Holly Fraser posted a new activity comment 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for your comment–it was great meeting you, too. (I’m in the middle of episode 4…not binge listening, just trying to savour it. A fellow L2er told me how envious she was that I was just at the beginning of the series.) Thanks for the recommendation–just read a review and it sounds bizarrely interesting.

    Yes, Seesaw users…[Read more]

  • Holly Fraser posted a new activity comment 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hey Tim,

    Thanks for the comment. Yes, we need to ride the enthusiasm train as long as possible/take advantage of the break and get those posts up–I will comment on yours asap! I think it’s good for teachers/students to see what is being done in Primary/Middle and get that discussion going, but would hate to see admin enforce anything on the HS…[Read more]

  • Include, Inquire, Inspire.
    The Learning 2 Europe conference hashtag and catchphrase have been running through my mind since it finished two days ago.  The conference may have ended, but the ideas generated and […]

    • Hey Tim,

      Thanks for the comment. Yes, we need to ride the enthusiasm train as long as possible/take advantage of the break and get those posts up–I will comment on yours asap! I think it’s good for teachers/students to see what is being done in Primary/Middle and get that discussion going, but would hate to see admin enforce anything on the HS as one wouldn’t want to dampen the natural and intrinsic motivation of those who are already converts. Although for those who aren’t…not sure of the best approach.

      Yes–I am very interested in Maker Spaces at the moment–and am supremely bummed at the lack of any space–maker or not–our school provides. It was interesting to the differences in people’s level of comfort at working on something they might not be familiar with (circuits)…there was definitely a bit of hanging on the sidelines/peering over shoulders before joining…reminded me a bit of the clip at the end of Kimberly’s session https://youtu.be/fW8amMCVAJQ–possibly the highlight of the entire weekend…

    • Hi Steve,

      Thanks for your comment–it was great meeting you, too. (I’m in the middle of episode 4…not binge listening, just trying to savour it. A fellow L2er told me how envious she was that I was just at the beginning of the series.) Thanks for the recommendation–just read a review and it sounds bizarrely interesting.

      Yes, Seesaw users love it. (Ironically I don’t use it that much myself in my role–just facilitate its use for others. 🙂 Although it can be used at the HS level–(https://help.seesaw.me/hc/en-us/articles/211679586-6-12-Seesaw-in-Middle-High-School-Beginner-)

      I think that it’s best for elementary (and possibly Middle School). The walled garden has its advantages and inevitable disadvantages–students trying to establish a positive and googleable footprint are out of luck with Seesaw (unless the teacher opens up blog option and someone cares enough to scroll through the feed/find a link to an individual student’s post–possible, but another platform would likely suit better.)
      I will check out your post, thanks for sharing. Yes–I hope to make it to Luxembourg next year. Have fun with the organising and planning!

  • Taking a slight break from my focus on ePortfolios & course 5 project (not really–I was just earlier going over my workshop for Learning 2 in Warsaw next week), I thought I’d throw together a few things I’ve been […]

  • Holly Fraser posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    Thanks for the words of encouragement, Tricia.

    Making portfolios a reality–and a (mostly) successful reality has definitely been the bulk of my job this year!

    It has definitely been a team effort and the path nicely smoothed out by my lovely predecessor. 🙂

    Very much looking forward to some great conversations and learning at Learning2.

  • Here is a ‘Down and Dirty’ Summary of my work towards my Eportfolio goals/Final Project since my last post:

    Liaised with staff, Upper Primary Ed Tech Coach and PYP coordinator to revamp Portfolio Essential […]

    • Wow, Holly!
      Congratulations on the upcoming workshop at L2–you will rock it.
      It is so impressive to see what you have done for ISZL in such a short time.
      Getting portfolios is no easy task–but you have paved the pathway for so many others.

      Really fantastic work, I’m sure it is much appreciated.
      I’m sure you and Kim House and Sonya terBorg will have much to share with one another this April!

      • Thanks for the words of encouragement, Tricia.

        Making portfolios a reality–and a (mostly) successful reality has definitely been the bulk of my job this year!

        It has definitely been a team effort and the path nicely smoothed out by my lovely predecessor. 🙂

        Very much looking forward to some great conversations and learning at Learning2.

  • Holly Fraser posted a new activity comment 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hey Amber,

    It is always nice to get positive feedback, thanks! It’s so gratifying to experience how one can influence/teach/learn from another Educator beyond your own school’s walls. The most influential teachers I continue to learn from are no longer at my school, but their ability to influence me hasn’t been affected (Thanks to our belief in…[Read more]

  • Holly Fraser posted a new activity comment 1 year ago

    Hey Tricia,

    Just reading this post after the L2 chat.

    I like your idea of posts as containers–to be filled with whatever feels appropriate for the topic/mood, etc.

    I do find it hard myself to move away from the narrative style…but Coetail–and reading your blog have certainly helped inspire change!

    The video with your former…[Read more]

  • Okay, Coetail, here we go, course 5.  

     

    I have taken a break from actively blogging about my Course 5 progress, but the few Coetail graduates I’ve spoken to are warning me against such breaks. So the oth […]

    • Hi Holly!
      I love seeing what you are doing with seesaw! I think I should do some of the online PD’s so learn more about purposeful use with seesaw. We have been playing with it a lot this year and I am learning more and more, but I would like to guide the students more to reflect on their work through out the year. That is my next step with Seesaw.
      I like your padlet it is very laid out and easy to follow. I will have to pay around with it some (I keep getting kicked out of ti right now, so I’ll have to have more time to figure it out).
      I always enjoy seeing what you are doing. I love to learn from you as you have a lot of knowledge on purposeful and good technology programs. Thank you for sharing!

      • Hey Amber,

        It is always nice to get positive feedback, thanks! It’s so gratifying to experience how one can influence/teach/learn from another Educator beyond your own school’s walls. The most influential teachers I continue to learn from are no longer at my school, but their ability to influence me hasn’t been affected (Thanks to our belief in maintaining a PLN!!! Thank you COETAIL!)

        (Some of) Our staff have had a few years now to play around with Seesaw, others are still quite new, so it has been interesting to see the almost predictable “Posting Progression” that people (myself included) seem to take:

        1) A few hesitant posts, simply trying out the platform’s technical possibilities
        2) Repeated and Excited over-posting once the technical side has been mastered
        3) A slowing down of posting, as teachers begin to ask, ‘now what?’and, ‘what does this post actually show?’
        4) A Period of reflection/critical analysis of how best/how often to demonstrate individual/group learning where there are few posts, if at all.
        5) A slow, but steady stream of thoughtful posts, with a balance of detailed and brief posts about individual and group learning that make reference to the essential elements of the PYP.

        This is the eventual goal, anyway. Perhaps a few teachers may have struck this fine balance.

        Thanks again for your comments, Amber!

  • Holly Fraser posted a new activity comment 1 year ago

    Hey again Tricia,

    Yes, I plan on attending Kimberly’s session. I attended her smaller session last year and found it very useful in thinking about how to best document and share student learning.

    Yes, sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves, and sometimes we don’t even get to fully see the fruits of our labour. (FYI-the blogging…[Read more]

  • Holly Fraser posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    Hi Andrew,

    I definitely think it’s possible to work together and bounce ideas off one another, share best practices, sample posts, pitfalls to avoid, etc. I am always looking for ways to share good examples of student learning and learn from others in turn.

    Just reading your timeline reminded me to follow up with parents using a survey…[Read more]

    • Hi Holly,

      thanks for the response and sorry for the delay. I extrapolated your parent survey idea and have sent you a more comprehensive questionnaire we might be able to use. It was a super idea. Have a peek.

  • Holly Fraser posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    Thanks for your comment and your interest, Shane. I like your sentiments–‘first time out of the classroom and I feel like a grown up.’
    I agree–I need to embrace the discomfort more often myself, if I am to expect that of my staff.
    Good luck with the Seesaw implementation. We used our plan as a rough guide, but so far have stuck with it…[Read more]

  • I’ve done a lot of inward and outward groaning this past week trying to grapple with my final course 4 project–and ostensibly my course 5 project.  ‘Why did I do such ambitious final projects in the earlier cour […]

    • Hi Holly,

      I was really happy to discover this post you wrote. Some of the experiences that you described felt similar to what Im experiencing. I have been a classroom teacher until this year. Now Im the ICT coach at an International in China. First year out of the classroom, at times it feels great and i feel like a grown up. But on the other hand there are so many things I miss, such as not having my own group of students. I don’t know where I read this or who told it to me, but recently I have trying to stick to the old adage “feel the fear, and do it anyway”. If its makes me uncomfortable then it must be then right thing to do.
      I was struggling for a period of time trying to decide if a selection apps used to tell and share stories and communicate learning would cut it as a final project. My school also began to implement Seesaw as a school wide tool. We didnt have a set plan as highlighted in your Google Doc. It gave me some ideas and I believe its not to late to develop our own plan. So thanks for that motivation.
      I look forward to seeing how the rest of the e-portfolio project.

      • Thanks for your comment and your interest, Shane. I like your sentiments–‘first time out of the classroom and I feel like a grown up.’
        I agree–I need to embrace the discomfort more often myself, if I am to expect that of my staff.
        Good luck with the Seesaw implementation. We used our plan as a rough guide, but so far have stuck with it relatively well. We shall see how the blogging option takes off…
        Best of luck,
        Holly

    • Hi Holly,
      Glad to see how far along in your COETAIL journey you are. Kimberly House is offering a great Learning2 precon session on many of the issues you’ve addressed above. http://learning2europe.org/precon/kimberly-house/

      I think part of where we put too much pressure on ourselves as coaches is when we think about progress measured by year. Real systemic change needs more time than a single academic year. You may not see those crops come into bloom until next year, so be patient with yourself.

      Yoga is a great analogy for this–a good instructor meets people where they are, and looks for small incremental growth in their stretches.

      One last provocation: if you asked a random teacher what the philosophy behind portfolio integration is, what do you think they would say?
      What if you asked an admin?
      A parent?
      A student?

      Looking forward to seeing this project come to life!
      Kind Regards (and happy New Year!)
      Tricia

      • Hey again Tricia,

        Yes, I plan on attending Kimberly’s session. I attended her smaller session last year and found it very useful in thinking about how to best document and share student learning.

        Yes, sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves, and sometimes we don’t even get to fully see the fruits of our labour. (FYI-the blogging you began at the High School has apparently really stuck, and has lead to admin not ‘forcing’ a digital portfolio platform on the HS (for the moment) in favour of more student driven/chosen platforms, such as blogging.)

        Interesting provocation–just this past week at meetings, I asked similar questions (portfolio philosophy) to staff and some were still unclear. I would bet parents are, too. Thank you for your quiet guidance–you continue to inspire even from afar!

        Cheers,
        Holly

  • Will education as we know it change because of technology?

    I certainly hope so!  

    Where and how will you be teaching in 5, 10, 15 years time?

    I know my teaching practice has changed in the last few […]

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