This is Mr. Piehl, on of our Communities in School volunteer mentors. He is a faithful supporter of the program and his mentee.
This is very profound! On the surface, its two people mulling over some basic moves [trying to remember how the knight moves] but we all know this a huge difference maker for students!
Communities in School is a great program that provides structure to our volunteer mentors. We are fortunate that our CIS Rep, Mr DeChamps has been recognized for his efforts. We have to remember that with or without programs like this, mentoring/supporting kids is crucial. Its not all about new innovations in teaching and learning, we have to take care of the total child.
The Buck Institute gave great real life examples of needs and implementations of PBL. Some things we need to keep in mind as educators:
Our kids are up to the challenge – let’s make it a meaningful experience.
Skype just created a forum for teachers to connect to each other and share resources!
I’ve had a chance to join and look around Skype in the Classroom and this is a great resource/tool for us to provide great opportunities for students AND to share resources with other teachers.
If you don’t have a Skype account already, you can create one at the link above. It’s a simple registration process and should only take minutes.
The great thing here is going through the directory and finding teachers/classrooms you’d like to connect to. When I last looked there were close to 900 educators from all corners of the US and stretching to Thailand – there is something there for every class and purpose.
Putting in a minimum amount of planning for this experience can realize tremendous gains:
I’m determined to help the teachers in my building create some collaborative partnerships and to Skype out to several educators as well.
See you out there!
It’s great that we’ve been blessed to see the beginning of another year! This is the time we normally set resolutions for the new year on things we’d like to do better or different. For educators, resolutions mean something else. We’ve already made a commitment to students at the beginning of the school year and we won’t abandon them. What this time offers us is a break/opportunity to disengage [for a moment] so we can re-engage and come back stronger.