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Lauren Spector

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 8 months, 1 week ago

    Hi, Caroline! I’m glad you enjoyed my blog post about spelling inquiries! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Hello, Paula! I’m delighted to hear that my blog post provided you with some inspiration for your end-of-year messages. Thank you for the excellent book recommendation–I’ll make sure to check it out!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Andrea!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my post…and sharing it on Twitter! I’m thrilled that you liked the examples of how I’ve used ed tech with Beginner ELLs.

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    You’re very welcome, Suzy! Thank YOU for continuing to inspire me along the way!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Thank you so much, Nora! I’m thrilled that you found my project inspiring, and I appreciate your taking the time to read my blog and leave your thoughts!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Hi, Magali! Thanks for watching my video! I’m glad you liked my Tech Toolbox unit.

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Thank you so much, Joel! Yes, the app posters have continued to be very useful as the students tackle new projects. And I’ve already had colleagues approach me about taking on the Tech Toolbox unit in their classrooms!

    It’s been so wonderful to go through this program with you! I’m bursting with excitement about our celebration lunch! See you soon!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Joel, this is brilliant! What a wonderful way to have students connect and collaborate on a global scale! I love how Traveling Tales will continue to grow to include more students from different schools in various countries. Fantastic! Also, I’ll definitely take some time to check out Adobe Spark. You’ve clearly found this tool to be…[Read more]

    • Hi Lauren,
      Thanks so much. It is mind-blowing that Travelling Tales is continuing – in fact I organised the next Tales last week and we are now going to have 3 Tales at one time.. It will have 14 different classes, 13 different schools, and 9 countries all taking part. Amazing Stuff!
      I love Adobe Spark – it is a great tool for the children to…[Read more]

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    It was great to see how you’ve used Genius Hour in French class, Magali! I love how the students got to research a topic of their choice. This was an authentic way to use French–as they made cupcakes, learned about their favorite game, and presented about pranks. Thank you for sharing!

    • Hi Lauren,
      Thanks for your comment and for watching my video!
      You should definitely try a Genius Hour with your students! Regardless of their level of English, they will love it! And you too!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    What a wonderful project, Suzy! Thank you for including lots of videos of the students working together. It was really interesting to see different parts of the process as they collaborated to plan and create their community on Minecraft! It was also neat to see how they now use Minecraft in subjects like math!

    The successful Minecraft…[Read more]

    • Dear Lauren,

      Thank you so much for watching and commenting. There were so many joyful moments in this project as I handed over the learning and drive to the students which they then shared with the parents. The Minecraft morning was one of those moments that will stay with me for a long time. The students were so proud to show their learning in…[Read more]

  • Every year on Thanksgiving, as we devour our delectable dinner, my family and I share what we’re thankful for.  This is what I shared last year:

    “I’m thankful for family, friends and COETAI […]

    • Hi Lauren,
      Superb job on your project and video. It really is an empowering project for your students.
      I really like how you have laid out the paths so that anyone around the world can take your project and make it work in their classroom. The students creating the charts about each app is a genius idea and forms an anchor chart for the rest of the year so that children can choose the right tool to show their learning.
      Well done on an awesome COETAIL experience. It has been great to be part of it with you.
      From one of your local PLN members!
      Cheers,
      Joel

      • Thank you so much, Joel! Yes, the app posters have continued to be very useful as the students tackle new projects. And I’ve already had colleagues approach me about taking on the Tech Toolbox unit in their classrooms!

        It’s been so wonderful to go through this program with you! I’m bursting with excitement about our celebration lunch! See you soon!

    • Hello Lauren,
      I really like the way you used the I pads with your language learners! I’d be happy to try all the things you’ve done with my French students.
      Thank you for sharing
      Magali

    • Thank you so much, Nora! I’m thrilled that you found my project inspiring, and I appreciate your taking the time to read my blog and leave your thoughts!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    You’re welcome, Kate! Thanks for your ongoing support!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    You’re welcome, Rebekah! Thank you for reading my post and leaving your thoughts!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    You’re very welcome, Megan! Thank YOU for reading, sharing and commenting on my post. I really appreciate your support!

  • Last Thanksgiving, I wrote a blog post An Attitude of Gratitude to share my new mission:
    In order to thank some of the countless influential people in my life, between this Thanksgiving and next Thanksgiving, I w […]

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    Hi, Lisa! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I’m thrilled to hear that my blog has inspired you! Creating a blog was a steep learning curve for me, too. My blog certainly wasn’t what I wanted it to be straight away, and I was ok with that, knowing I was working to improve it bit by bit.

    I agree–it’s incredibly difficult to find…[Read more]

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    Hi, Sharon! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and reading some of my posts. Also, thanks for taking the time to leave your thoughts!

    To answer your question about admin in TLCs: When I attended Dylan Wiliam’s workshop, he made a point of saying that administrators were not invited to TLCs. He went on to say that administrators very…[Read more]

  • “Professional development is the key to teacher quality.” –Dylan Wiliam

    I attended a weekend workshop last year with Dylan Wiliam, an educationalist who has focused much of his work on teacher profe […]

    • Hi Lauren,
      I’m an ex-coetailer myself, but still log on from time to time. The variety of blogs is always amazing, and the positivity about learning is always so infectious!
      I loved this part of your blog…
      According to the Dylan Wiliam Center, “TLCs focus on collaborative learning, where teachers meet monthly for at least 75 minutes, with a standard structure incorporating feedback, new learning about formative assessment, and personal action planning.”

      I wonder how many schools/teachers find that time? Or maybe they should as a priority?
      I like the idea of keeping meetings focussed on a specific topic, and collaborative and unencumbered by admin demands – but driven by teachers for teachers. Or at least, that’s how I read the theory of it – true? Or is there an admin monitored element to that meeting?
      I think it would be a great place, as you suggest, for teachers to either ask for help in a supportive community, or to share something they think worked well. For especially the latter, there is not really a forum for that in many schools, not in a formal sense anyway. It ends up being that you quickly explain your ‘great’ lesson to someone in the staff lounge or that you share a cafeteria duty with.
      It leaves me wondering how I could use the idea at my school – where sometimes there are meetings about meetings! So would anyone want another one?!

      Were you a part of each of those 3 TLC’s at the same time? Do you have many other meetings to fit in at the same time? I guess I am wondering about the time factor there.

      If you don’t mind me asking, what you think about online learning communities? I know Coetail is one of those, but then we had to use it as part of the course!!! Do you participate in others, do you find them useful? Again – time seems such a factor. And I find that communities are not at the place I am, at at the right time. I am wondering how online TLCs can be more useful – any ideas or suggestions?

      By the way – you seem to be doing a great job with your inquiry spelling idea (I read that blog too!), but there is a printed resource that seems quite similar. It’s called Month by Month, Phonics and Vocabulary. Just in case you/your school wants something a little more formal to hang your spelling/vocabulary hats on! Or to help people who need a little hand-holdling to get away from weekly spelling lists.
      https://www.amazon.com/Month-Month-Phonics-Vocabulary-Grade/dp/1594419728

      • Hi, Sharon! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and reading some of my posts. Also, thanks for taking the time to leave your thoughts!

        To answer your question about admin in TLCs: When I attended Dylan Wiliam’s workshop, he made a point of saying that administrators were not invited to TLCs. He went on to say that administrators very quickly become out of touch with the realities of the classroom. I’ve shared this with admin at my school, although that can be a tricky conversation to have.

        Yes, I have been a member of all 3 TLCs at the same time, which means giving up my time at lunch and after school. It is quite a time commitment but has been more than worth it. I have also discussed with school leadership that teachers should be given time during the day for TLCs. There are many teachers that are interested in TLCs but can’t participate. For example, teachers who need to pick up their kids straight after school aren’t able to attend meetings at that time.

        As far as online learning communities…in a previous post (Take off with Twitter!), I wrote about some of the Twitter chat communities I’ve joined. I’ve also written about the importance of face-to-face communities in my post The Unparalleled Power of Talking Circles. I think it’s important to bring members of an online community together face-to-face when possible. I believe that’s one of the reasons the Learning2 conferences are so powerful–lots of COETAILers there for sure! That’s also why I encouraged colleagues at my school to join COETAIL, and we’ve combined our online learning experience with weekly lunchtime chats. Which online communities (besides COETAIL, of course) have you participated in?

        Thanks for passing along that spelling resource. I’ll make sure to check it out!

        Thank you again for your comments, Sharon!

    • Hi Lauren
      I actually read this post before the holiday but did not have time to compliment you on it! First I must say your blog looks awesome and it is what I aspire to! I continue to struggle to integrate even simple pictures and links in my blog but seeing how you do it has at least inspired me! I was thinking about the learning communities and it is true that when we communicate with others and see what they are doing differently (or even the same) as us it does drive us forward and pushes creative thinking. My struggle these days is finding the time to get to participate in all these groups! I am interested in the Cultures of Thinking group, when does that meet?
      Thanks for the inspiration, hope to see you at lunch Wednesday!
      Lisa

      • Hi, Lisa! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I’m thrilled to hear that my blog has inspired you! Creating a blog was a steep learning curve for me, too. My blog certainly wasn’t what I wanted it to be straight away, and I was ok with that, knowing I was working to improve it bit by bit.

        I agree–it’s incredibly difficult to find time to join Teacher Learning Communities. If you only have time to attend one TLC, that’s better than none! The Cultures of Thinking group meets after school every other Thursday and during lunch every other Tuesday.

        See you at our COETAIL TLC on Wednesday!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    Hello again, Marcelle! I loved your blog post! It was really interesting to hear about your journey with spelling inquiries. I also appreciate your taking the time to include so many of the resources that helped you along the way…I think I just added about a dozen bookmarks for these links! I tried to leave a comment on your post instead of…[Read more]

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