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  • Tricia Friedman posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    Nicki–you are such the flatterer! I appreciate it. Your comment also makes me wonder how we can entice new players to simply ‘love the game,’ and not have worries about results. Thanks so much for your comment!

  • Sport Gestein flickr photo by WarrenMillerEnt shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license
    “Do we want to measure skill as precisely as possible, or do we just want to feel alive?”
    The question above […]

    • Ciao Tricia,
      Okay, first, I’ve never even considered the idea of luck vs. skill in sports to this extent! Interesting research this guy has done! I’d be curious to see what a hockey player thinks of this analysis! While watching, I was thinking about how what was left of your post would tie back into education. I like the set of prompts you’ve developed to facilitate discussion, especially the one asking to evaluate the school’s success being attributed to luck or skill. I currently work at a school that has a wall celebrating the 7s earned on IB exams. I suspect that the decision to do this was made because they feel this demonstrates our success. But what of that can be attributed to luck or skill? There’s probably not one clear answer to that question. However, I think this is an interesting jumping off point for discussions for those wishing to pursue change in their classrooms and schools!

    • 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 is the story of Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s using statistics and analytic data to create a competitive baseball team.
      I think your prompts can create opportunities for schools and teams to really think about what they are offering students. In particular your question about who gets to take the shots? Do we get enough shots? Do we get enough time to work on different shots? is a great analogy and something that schools/teams/teachers should consider at the beginning of the new school year. I know I certainly will.
      Thanks for making me think.

      • 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!

    • Nicki–you are such the flatterer! I appreciate it. Your comment also makes me wonder how we can entice new players to simply ‘love the game,’ and not have worries about results. Thanks so much for your comment!

    • Hi Kim,
      Thank you for leaving such a thoughtful comment. Your thoughts remind me of the discrepancy I’ve seen between athletes and students–how sports are often seen as a way for young adults to bond and learn leadership. Surely we could be making more room for that in our classes as well?

  • Tricia Friedman posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    I think even the most extroverted of us still needs the occasional space and time–sometimes I worry we have pigeonholed learners as being one or the other, when a blend seems more realistic. Yes to that question about subtraction. I think Chip Heath wrote about this in one of his books when he spoke about ‘To Don’t Lists.’ Hopefully I’m…[Read more]

    • Honestly, I would start with photocopying. I think if you took the photocopier away it would revolutionize education. Seriously! No chance to bulk produce the dreaded worksheet. For those who use templates, it would be a chance to show this framework as one way of thinking but allow kids to modify their own. Kids could create the learning they…[Read more]

  • Tricia Friedman posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Hi Louisa,
    Thank you for your comment–you are right, the protocols and support are incredibly important. I think of it as conversation curation–and increasingly I feel that is a skill we all need to flex as educators.
    Your comment makes me think a better name for this challenge might have been ‘Get Caught Thinking.’ It does take a certain…[Read more]

  • generator.x show flickr photo by jared shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
    What can nine post-it notes do for your next post?
    I think of this space as a sandbox for thinking. Blogs can be a place to […]

  • Tricia Friedman posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Hi Valerie,

    I think what you write her resonates with me because it underscores something I’ve been feeling for a long time: we need to stop looking for one singular silver bullet. Much in the way someone like you would not use just ONE type of exercise for crossfit, we can’t apply just one technique to our classrooms. It is about the choice,…[Read more]

    • You hit the nail on the head. I took about 750 more words to say what you said in about 50. Thanks for stating it so succinctly and clearly.

  • quiet flickr photo by hoodoo youdo shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license
    A little Quiet is quintessential for schools
    Schools are remarkably social places. Conversations are the lifeblood of a […]

    • I love reading about introverted behaviors. I feel comfortable (professionally) working alone or with others. Personally, I am more introverted, preferring “four quarters to one hundred pennies” when it comes to hanging out in groups. I often think of those who are less likely to push forward in a meeting – and I wonder what we are missing out on, collectively, when we don’t make room for these people to share their ideas. I often will share with students about my shyness. This always draws attention because I don’t come across as shy in the classroom. More and more, I think it is so important to drop the facade and let students in on what we are going through as learners as well. My new principal-to-be is an advocate for the introvert. Mostly the ideas she has shared have been with respect to students. I am really excited to share this post with her to get her perspective on this idea in relation to teachers. I am intrigued to hear her take on this. Sometimes I wonder if these reflective practices can be ‘taught’ or if they are only going to flourish when the push for them comes from the individual? I then think of the hastags #cultivate and #distill = when we pare back the busy work and distill down to what is really important, can we help to cultivate an expectation of reflection and sharing? There are so many things out there that are great for learning, but what do we need to take away in order to add more in? (#thanksAmy)

      • I think even the most extroverted of us still needs the occasional space and time–sometimes I worry we have pigeonholed learners as being one or the other, when a blend seems more realistic. Yes to that question about subtraction. I think Chip Heath wrote about this in one of his books when he spoke about ‘To Don’t Lists.’ Hopefully I’m crediting the right book. What would be on the top of your ‘To Don’t’ List? We’ve added so much to our expectations of what school is and can do–but I think we can do a better job of letting the expired ideas (whose time has come to exit) go.

        • Honestly, I would start with photocopying. I think if you took the photocopier away it would revolutionize education. Seriously! No chance to bulk produce the dreaded worksheet. For those who use templates, it would be a chance to show this framework as one way of thinking but allow kids to modify their own. Kids could create the learning they need. I am not saying get rid of paper but let’s start with the worksheet. If you need any convincing, watch this: https://vimeo.com/194276412

    • Hi Louisa,
      Thank you for your comment–you are right, the protocols and support are incredibly important. I think of it as conversation curation–and increasingly I feel that is a skill we all need to flex as educators.
      Your comment makes me think a better name for this challenge might have been ‘Get Caught Thinking.’ It does take a certain amount of bravery to share ideas, question them, collaboratively mull them over: but don’t we have a responsibility to model that?
      PS sometimes you are also more like Sporty-Spice 🙂

    • Wow–thank you for reading and for the compliment 🙂

  • Tricia Friedman posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    Excellent, thanks Geoffrey–would love to hear more about what your process is like.
    Thanks!

  • meet our Spacebusters…
    A few weeks ago, the amazing Maija Ruokanen visited our school.  Here’s a recap of what she had to say.

    With a book club dedicated to #LearningSpaces, there has been momentum growing […]

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    How can teachers foster the creativity, entrepreneurialism, and lifelong curiosity necessary for young people to thrive?
     
    What can we do to unpack the significance of the self-directed learning m […]

  • Tricia Friedman posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    Paula,
    Very kind of you–if you thought this was inspiration, book a few days with Maija in person (or via Skype/Google Hangout) she is a walking treasure trove of ideas. I was really amazed at her ability to speak to a group of teacher designers who are in very different roles, and are at different places when it comes to spaces.
    Thanks again!

  • how do you want students to feel when they enter your learning space?
    That was one of the provocations Maija Ruokanen asked our Learning Spaces committee at UWCSEA East today.

    As the former director of […]

    • Paula,
      Very kind of you–if you thought this was inspiration, book a few days with Maija in person (or via Skype/Google Hangout) she is a walking treasure trove of ideas. I was really amazed at her ability to speak to a group of teacher designers who are in very different roles, and are at different places when it comes to spaces.
      Thanks again!

  • Tricia Friedman posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    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…[Read more]

    • 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.

  • Meet PAULA.
    You may already have met.
    She’s given this phenomenal #Learning2 talk as well as this one (a really really relevant watch for this time of the year)

    Paula is an incredible colleague–and […]

  • Tricia Friedman posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    Hi Stephane,
    Great–I’m so happy to hear that. I really appreciate the feedback and the examples. Good luck with your grade 5’s!

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    Brand new to visual Note-taking? Here are five resources to help you get started:
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    TED has amazing visual notes.  Check them out here, and try your hand at building your own while watching a talk.   […]

    • Hi Tricia,
      I found this post extremly inspiring and I will go straight away to try out this myself! I have always wanted to try to create an animated video, but my poor drawing skills had discouraged me to do so. Your post made me think that it could be worhtwhile no matter how good my sketches are as I can start with simple shapes and try to improve them later on. I usually take notes on my computer in a few different ways. I have just made a few screenshots here if you are interested: https://spark.adobe.com/page/m79mu2etcMloo/
      Many thanks for your post, we will try this next week with a grade 5 class.
      Stéphane

      • Hi Stephane,
        Great–I’m so happy to hear that. I really appreciate the feedback and the examples. Good luck with your grade 5’s!

  • What role can portfolios play in a chemistry classroom?
    The author of the amazing CHEMJUNGLE Youtube channel is just three floors away from me at an amazing school we share.  I finally got to catch up with her […]

  • Tricia Friedman posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    Wow–well done, great make over, Val!

    Ps a little bit of a cheat–but you can also download free snazzy templates from SlidesCarnival, good when in a rush for time, or when you need more inspiration:
    http://www.slidescarnival.com/

  • What is the potential for portfolios in a geographer’s world?
    Let’s look at samples of Geographers preserving, curating and collecting insight in their virtual worlds:
    1. Jeremy Crampton   University of […]

  • Tricia Friedman posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    Hi Lindsey,
    Thanks for your support and resource suggestion.

    We opened the club up to any staff member who could commit to reading three books (1 now, and 2 over summer) and would give up two evenings to podcast thoughts as a group, and to optionally use their own blog/portfolios to share thoughts.

    Currently we have 18 people signed up.…[Read more]

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