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Verena Zimmer

  • I couldn’t be more thankful for my learning experience during the course “Microcredential: The Coach” with http://www.edurolearning.com over the last eight month. The learning was just in time (instead of just in […]

  • Since the first time I heard about the Techsperts (@TechspertsEDU) at SAIS (Stamford American School Singapore) I really wanted to start this at our school as well. The initiator Craig Kemp (@mrkempnz) wrote in a […]

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  • Having connections, being connected, getting new connections – it seems to be something which just pops up everywhere, all the time and in all areas our lives. It became so easy to connect to family and friends w […]

  • Verena Zimmer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    Hi Sitwat,
    I totally agree with you. Especially the “open the classroom” and “sharing of learning” makes a huge difference and allows us to create meaningful and authentic learning experiences for the students. That motivates them and lets them open their eyes beyond the classroom.

    Btw. … Heard of the challenge? Day 3 is also to introduce…[Read more]

  • It felt like when I was a child.
    It felt like Christmas and birthday together because there were so many presents.
    It felt like never ending exploring and endless surprises.
    It felt like being a(n) artist […]

  • Verena Zimmer posted a new activity comment 2 years, 2 months ago

    Wendy …
    I like Rebekah’s idea to reach out to twitter. As I understood it right, the students also help you to create badges or even create them themselves … Could you get them in contact with another school or class who does or do the same in order to collaborate, asking questions, getting ideas, etc.? What about other librarians? Or it…[Read more]

    • and a lot of good it did me. i don’t know wny, after all this time in COETAIL, i’m still not first reaching out as soon as i have the moment to do so. i’ve connected well through twitter and other sources, just by asking. i’ve had students in designing the badges too; as you and yolanda said, it doesn’t make so much of a difference that i’ve not…[Read more]

  • Verena Zimmer posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Vivian,

    Look what I found (well, maybe you know this already) – Kim Cofino explains the difference between mentoring and coaching:

    Creating a Culture of Collaboration Through Technology Integration

    Have a look at the “The Collaboration Cycle”.

  • Verena Zimmer posted a new activity comment 2 years, 10 months ago

    Hi Vivian,

    I think if you want change on a bigger scale the coaching process has to be formal and supported by the leadership. My experience is that too many people are still to shy, to afraid, to worried, maybe also to proud, to busy anyways to ask a mentor / coach for help. support, feedback and so on. Of course it is a very thin line and…[Read more]

  • Verena Zimmer posted a new activity comment 2 years, 10 months ago

    Graphic emails? Tell me more about it, Wendy!

    • they’re amazing. i use pikto to create an infographic of what i want to say (better than bullet lists, right?) and then send it as a pdf attachment. makes getting info from the library that much better. now i’m working on a spring cleaning library email – it’s on the list of billions of things i need to do… xxx

  • As I probably mentioned before besides personal and face to face encounters with inspiring people Twitter is my preferable way to get good and very individualised PD. Many Twitter users already shared how they use […]

  • Have you ever experienced an educational coach @school?
    Last week I started the Eduro Course – Coaching From Theory to Practice. The first readings (amongst others the ISTE Coaching White Paper – great overview & […]

    • Hi Verena

      I’m not a sporty person so the word, “coach” doesn’t work for me so well. It makes me feel a bit stressed as if I’m going to be forced to run 10 times around the field, whether I can or not 😀

      I like the word, “mentor” better. If you look at my twitter tag line http://www.twitter.com/chezvivian , you ‘ll see that “mentor” shows up there in second place. Mentoring can be either formal or informal, but I feel that informal works the best. Informal is often happens “just in time” and both parties (mentor and mentee) are engaged during the entire process.

      Perhaps it would work best if we started out on a formal basis (so that everyone gets a mentor) and then it moves into informal mentoring, later, if it “clicks” with both parties.

    • Hi Vivian,

      I think if you want change on a bigger scale the coaching process has to be formal and supported by the leadership. My experience is that too many people are still to shy, to afraid, to worried, maybe also to proud, to busy anyways to ask a mentor / coach for help. support, feedback and so on. Of course it is a very thin line and there should always be more encouragement rather than enforcement or even pressure. That requires a lot of work on relationships and trust.
      I had a mentor when I did my teacher training. The relationship was very difficult at the beginning. We developed a professional relationship but it was still one sided. Today I imagine a two sided learning experience.

  • Verena Zimmer posted a new activity comment 2 years, 11 months ago

    Yes, Twitter definitely was a game changer for me as well. Unfortunately I don’t check it as much as I would like to. It also can take all your time if you aren’t selective. Sometimes I need a focus just to make it meaningful and not just to scroll down. You know what I mean?

    • Yes I totally know what you mean Verena. I think that changed for me when I started entering chats. It creates connections and reasons to participate!

  • Verena Zimmer posted a new activity comment 2 years, 11 months ago

    Wendy … Indeed, Goldie seems to rock. I’m going to check it out today, for sure. It’s great for documentation sequences, reflection of process (not product), of course story telling or sharing with ours. Keep posting what you are doing with the kids! 😉

    • V! I’m excited to finally be working with the kids and applying so much. This course is definitely fit for this role, huh? I’m so glad you’re still coming by to read – thank you. 🙂 By the way, GoldieBlox is originally a huge set of tinkering toys modeled towards girls. From a reduce-reuse perspective, it’s probably not worth buying, but the…[Read more]

  • Verena Zimmer posted a new activity comment 3 years, 1 month ago

    Dear Wendy,
    Already your words make me very proud! I’m excited to read your blog post at the end of the week. Maybe we get a second chance. Let the CC grow and in two years we might be back in Munich so I can join you. Let’s dream, right? Hug u!

    • My dream! To take your good work, use it on your behalf, and keep it there until you return so we can support each other! Let’s make it happen. Plus then C and O can be boyfriend and girlfriend, officially… 🙂

  • Verena Zimmer posted a new activity comment 3 years, 1 month ago

    Wendy

    I loved Mitra when I first watched his TED talks and read online about him. The statement that knowledge is obsolet is new to me but loved it as much. Made me smile … and think. It reminds me of the iTime (genius hour) project last year with the students of Grade 5. At the beginning the students (and me) did have only a little bit of…[Read more]

    • Verena! I am writing about you right now for my final post – I hope you don’t mind? I miss you and your enthusiasm so much, and only wish now that COETAIL had been in my head when it was in yours; we could have learned so much from each other. Thank you for always coming by to read my work and tell me your thoughts. I hope my new post makes you…[Read more]

      • Dear Wendy,
        Already your words make me very proud! I’m excited to read your blog post at the end of the week. Maybe we get a second chance. Let the CC grow and in two years we might be back in Munich so I can join you. Let’s dream, right? Hug u!

        • My dream! To take your good work, use it on your behalf, and keep it there until you return so we can support each other! Let’s make it happen. Plus then C and O can be boyfriend and girlfriend, officially… 🙂

  • Verena Zimmer posted a new activity comment 3 years, 1 month ago

    Hi …

    Somehow while reading the following came in my mind: Let’s not ask our children what they want to be when they are grown up. Let’s ask what problems they want to solve. It’s about creation with the awesome possibility of technology. Let’s get them there …

    You are too far away, Wendy! Miss our train trips every morning.

    Verena

    • V! I just wrote about Sugata Mitra in this week’s post, and he says the exact same thing! Our world is changing so quickly, and I can’t wait to see what it’s like when C and O are our age doing what we’re doing now. 🙂
      Missing you heaps here, for sure. xx
      -w

  • Verena Zimmer posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    Wendy,

    As a mother I’m also asking myself how much I’m responsible to keep C’s live private? Is it possible at all? How much do I want to create a digital footprint or do I want it at all? I’m living abroad, I try not to post pics of C on Facebook but I’m skyping, I’m using FaceTime, I’m sending pics by email and whatapp … who knows where…[Read more]

    • V, I always love to hear from you here. It’s so true about sharing with our babies, and I go back and forth. I’m easily swayed, and as many of my friends remain with their babies OFF of social media, I wonder if I should do the same. There’s no right or wrong answer, just what we feel right in our hearts. But sometimes when O reaches for my phone…[Read more]

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