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Nicki Hambleton

  • Nicki Hambleton posted a new activity comment 1 year, 8 months ago

    Thank you so much for stopping in and taking the time to comment. It is great to hear how you connected and had the same positive outcomes and challenges. I am at the end of my academic year as I am assuming you are. Perhaps we could connect and work together next year in some way – your guys post poems/writings and my guys illustrate/visualise?…[Read more]

  • Nicki Hambleton posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving such a great comment. I am ever so happy to chat with you and compare experiences. As I only teach art to the classes once a week it was really hard to fit everything in. There were definitely some kids who loved it and others who loathed it! I haven’t started the process yet this year but I would like to…[Read more]

  • New Year New Learning
    Around 5 years ago I stumbled on the work of Ron Ritchart through my Vice Principal Paul Brogden, an avid fan and user of the Thinking Routines. I devoured the book, “Visible Thinking” a […]

  • Now COETAIL online2 cohort is over, join us in sharing conversation and ideas on a new subject a month in the Book Club style group. Subject and article to be announced.

  • Nicki Hambleton posted a new activity comment 2 years, 8 months ago

    Thanks for sharing the Storify here Vivian, it was an in depth and interesting discussion that continued into the following week as a slowchat. I hope we can all continue to meet and chat in this way to continue the conversations and connections. Joe and I are hoping that many of the cohort (and beyond) will join us in starting a Book Club style…[Read more]

  • Nicki Hambleton posted a new activity comment 2 years, 8 months ago

    Hi Lori,
    I really enjoyed this post as I had been intrigued by a previous COETAIL post about using Edpuzzle. Having never used either would you recommend signing up and test driving the free version of Zaption first as the issues with Edpuzzle seem to be a problem both for teacher and students? How did you start out using these tools? I think the…[Read more]

    • Thanks Nicki! I appreciate the kind words. Definitely try out the free Zaption…but once you do, you probably won’t want to us EdP.(Sorry EdP!)I started with these tools, because I have been doing flipped for over a year…wow, almost 2 years!…I value formative feedback. These kinds of tech tools intrigued me with their seemingly immediate…[Read more]

  • Nicki Hambleton posted a new activity comment 2 years, 8 months ago

    Thanks so much Matt. It is a relief to be finished yet it is with sadness too. Joe and I talked about this the other week and brainstormed some ideas to keep the conversations flowing that i hope others like yourself would be interested in joining in the new academic year. One was to have a kind of Book CLub style set up where we would read up on…[Read more]

  • Nicki Hambleton posted a new activity comment 2 years, 8 months ago

    Thank you so much Cynthia for spending the time to read and reply to my post. I am so grateful for your words and, like you I am still searching for that perfect balance. The balance between instruction and independence, listening and questioning and home and school life. Even after 24 years of teaching I still have these out of balance! I love…[Read more]

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    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
    Dr. Seuss

    Let me start at the very beginning…
    Back in Course 1, I found the greatest […]

    • Love the students talking in the video, and how you are directing them towards making positive comments.

      I wonder how this goes back to our course 2 Empowered User Policy, instead of Acceptable use policy.

      And it sounds like the students have a great idea about how to use this for themselves, how they will grow as creative people (using creative commons) and their role as consumers.

      Love the ethical crossroads in the video too, what do the viewers see and what are the rights of musicians, etc.

      Thanks for always being there, see you soon.

    • Nicki – outstanding video footage and incredible all of the other things that were going on in your other classes that I had no idea of. Leave it to you to have 75 things on the go. I love the idea of the collaboration of art teachers for a gallery site. I wonder if somehow we could get some help from someone big? You know I’d join you and help in whatever way I could. As would Anne, I am sure. I appreciated hearing from your students regarding whether or not you had met Redefinition – it gave the claim more relevance. Your students were well spoken (mention this to them). I think the HGSE Visual Thinking is something that I am going to go ahead with. I realize it may be something you want to do with people at your site but please let’s try and keep connected about this as well. I know full well what you have done with your students, and this project is transformational and I appreciate the energy you brought to the three of us on this project. Your attention to detail, desire to push things further and interest of the students make you an integral part of any professional learning team. Your reflections on your COETAIL journey had me reminiscing and thinking of my own year and a half. ‘Thank you’ is all thats left to say about that!

      • Thanks so much Matt. It is a relief to be finished yet it is with sadness too. Joe and I talked about this the other week and brainstormed some ideas to keep the conversations flowing that i hope others like yourself would be interested in joining in the new academic year. One was to have a kind of Book CLub style set up where we would read up on a concept or idea/article or similar and apply this to our classroom during the month, meet up (online?) and discuss the idea and propose a new one for the next month. DO you think this might work? I would really like to try it out, even with a small cluster to begin with – maybe Summer reading? What format could this work – Twitter group/hashtag or Google Community? Blog posts monthly? I hope you might be a part of it too!
        It looks fairly positive that my school will be a part of the MTV online course but I yet to finalise. Do you have a team set up yet? It would be great to continue the conversations and consequent ideas with you.
        It has been an amazing year and a half and I know for me it is not over!

  • Nicki Hambleton posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Lou – there is no magic formulae, I just don’t have a life at times! Especially in these last few weeks of COETAIL! We spend time doing things we gain most value from and for me Twitter has been a life changer. I still miss lots and can’t keep up but I do have some kew hashtag columns and lists I look at daily – the rest now and then. Pick your…[Read more]

  • Nicki Hambleton posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Thanks again Joe, you have been my rock throughout COETAIL, truly. It is interesting tracking back on the connections through Mention Mapp. This really has been the most important part of the whole course for me as I learn and grow through others and that was why I wanted my students to have a similar experience. I uploaded my video last night…[Read more]

  • Nicki Hambleton posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Hi Nathan,
    Great post and I also love that book. It is such a clear analogy too, that there comes a moment when things just drop into place. For me it was Learning 2 and then COETAIL just stepped it up a gear again! I am so glad you have grown so much in this course, as have we all. I am sure that is why we all signed up for it in the first…[Read more]

    • Good luck to you as well. Thanks for the comment and you are totally right. It’s not the amount of followers but the interactions that are meaningful that are important and make Twitter a powerful place to grow as an educator. My video is about finished! Yes, it’s more like Genius 10 minutes, but it’s the best I can do. I think I should be able to…[Read more]

  • Nicki Hambleton posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Hi Matt, It is so good to see our project in black and white and particularly your reflection on it. I am so grateful that we all met under Anne’s watchful eye in my home city back at L2. I am sure that the seed was well and truly sown right there and our connections online helped to solidify our friendships. It has been such fun to meet online…[Read more]

    • Sending you luck Nicki – I can echo ever word you’ve written here about the community we have built. Its been outstanding…Virtual drinks…we are starting a trend no doubt!

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    “Alone we can do so little but together we can do so much” Helen Keller 

    All I have ever wanted as a teacher is for students to be happy and relaxed in my classroom and eager to learn. I wish for them to […]

    • Nicki,

      I’ve learned so much from you too, and you’re right, it’s amazing how we have transitioned from knowing each other online to “irl”

      Loved all the embedding too, you’ve come a long way since the beginning of COETAIL (me too), it’s great to see the progress, and the connections you’ve made.

      I love the connections focus, and the planting the seed metaphor. That’s what I’m going to be trying to do in KL this weekend, planting the seed, growing a community for sustainability. Hope it works out.

      • Thanks again Joe, you have been my rock throughout COETAIL, truly. It is interesting tracking back on the connections through Mention Mapp. This really has been the most important part of the whole course for me as I learn and grow through others and that was why I wanted my students to have a similar experience. I uploaded my video last night after having to virtually start again, when iMovie crashed and corrupted the file! Anyway, it is done now and I am completing the FINAL post today! Hope the presentations went well today; I wish I had been there to see you! Its such an amazing concept – you will go down a storm. What is the conference?
        I love the idea of marrying the 2 as I am sure, with my son in G5, the future is most definitely in ours and their hands to help do more to adapt to the changes the world is facing. I was talking to a colleague just this week and she says a lot of what we fear for the world is in fact inevitable and it is up to us to work on adapting to these changes that are bound to occur, just like nature does. It is sad to think that most people harp on about climate change and yet leave their AC on, eat imported foods, use plastic and so on, just as I am often guilty of too.
        We should chat more about this and what we can do to change our youngsters attitudes for the future……

    • Nicki, I am in complete awe of you – how do you manage it? I find being connected gets so overwhelming that I disconnect. I tried Tweetdeck, I’ve tried hangouts, I’ve tried most of the things you talk about but I don’t seem to get as involved so I don’t get as much involvement from others – does that make sense? I wish there was a magic formula or secret to keeping it all straight! Any advice for me?

      • Lou – there is no magic formulae, I just don’t have a life at times! Especially in these last few weeks of COETAIL! We spend time doing things we gain most value from and for me Twitter has been a life changer. I still miss lots and can’t keep up but I do have some kew hashtag columns and lists I look at daily – the rest now and then. Pick your passion and stick with that. For me it has been #COETAIL and #sketchnotes then art teachers and so on. Did you finish already? How do you feel it went?

  • FInishing the penultimate blog post about my connections. I cannot have got through this course without my PLN – you all know who you are!

  • Nicki Hambleton posted a new activity comment 2 years, 10 months ago

    Thanks Joe!
    I find I do a lot of questioning and not a lot of answering though! Questions are good but so are solutions, now that i have to work on!

    • Hey Nicki, always love your posts, and your deep questions to yourself, and the challenge at the end this week.

      I wonder a lot about the power of self questioning, I like how you mentioned that questioning on the blog made the students think more deeply about their work.

      I think this is a true example of some of the work we studied in course one. When we find the people we want to work with, we grow as learners much more quickly.

      Loved it as always.

      • Thanks Joe!
        I find I do a lot of questioning and not a lot of answering though! Questions are good but so are solutions, now that i have to work on!

  • Nicki Hambleton posted a new activity comment 2 years, 10 months ago

    What a great read Rajesh and I know your journey is going to be a good one!
    Connecting has been the most powerful and rewarding part for me through COETAIL (and L2) and it is here that you will learn the most, grow the most and change the most – be warned! Reach out to whoever inspires you, create “Lists” on Twitter and use Tweetdeck to track all…[Read more]

    • Thanks, Nicki.
      I have been doing all of the above since L2 and starting COETAIL.
      Whoever first came up with ‘sipping from a hydrant’ wasn’t kidding!
      But even from the isolation of my little office in the corner, I am in hallowed company.
      And so connected.
      I remember well your inspiring L2 talk – been following you on Twitter ever since.
      Cheers,
      Rajesh.

  • Nicki Hambleton posted a new activity comment 2 years, 10 months ago

    Pana,
    I love how you have tracked your own connections that have been fundamental in the course. (I also love that I have been a little part of that too! as have you in mine!)
    It is always great to meet F2F and the photo you shared sums it up – just look at our faces! I wish there were more opportunities for this, maybe a COETAIL retreat as was…[Read more]

    • This reply is coming quite late as we’ve already had our Google hangout and talked out our process as we all finished up our Course 5 projects. I think that one of our main connections was that the project didn’t seem ‘finished’ to any of us; there was more to do, and we all saw a future for our ideas and where the students would take it. Now that…[Read more]

  • Nicki Hambleton posted a new activity comment 2 years, 10 months ago

    Hi Kathy,
    What a great idea and much more interesting to look at than traditional CVs. It looks both informative as organised and the flow as a timeline engaging and easy to follow. I know that there isn’t a lot more space available but you might want to add some skills and qualities into the areas as you have grown as an educator, so potential…[Read more]

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