Hip, hip hooray! Tomorrow I get to go to Kindergarten and celebrate the new year with my students!
I have been reflecting a lot about how fortunate I am to have so many passions and also the importance of sharing them as well as modeling how passions can lead to making a difference for others. Tomorrow I begin a new year with my Kindergarten students and I look forward to reconnecting with them and their families as we move into a new year of learning together.
Passion for me is something that inspires me and captures the essence of what I enjoy and am learning from. It supports my confidence and gives me opportunities to share my voice. As an educator it is really important for me to have passions that challenge my thinking both inside and outside of my classroom. Through my challenges I have opportunities to model how I persevere and grow.
This past year I have connected with some amazing people thanks to twitter, Skype, facebook and my amazing and inspiring PLN. I continue to feel fortunate in experiencing the value of how we can all touch others in ways we never thought possible and inspire change to happen.
Opportunities that appeared for my students, their families, others:
* my students care very much about “filling buckets”(inspired by a story;”Have You Filled A Bucket Today?”)
* students inspired and connected with other classrooms to begin to use twitter and Skype to connect
*my kindergarten students collected food and are finding ways to make a difference for others inside/outside of Kindergarten
*students experiencing and exploring how kidblog can inspire them and give them a platform to share
*students are blogging about what matters to them and then sharing with a larger audience
*students all have voices and are using a variety of tools to share what they are learning
*students are developing close relationships inside and outside of our classroom that support their ideas in regards to learning.
*students are modeling and experiencing “how to” be a safe, kind and responsible digital citizen
*kindergarten students being models for each other and problem solving
* students modeling how to collaborate and have conversations in a variety of ways that promote critical thinking
*kindergarten students discovering their voice and experiencing how to share it
*students are learning how to learn*
My students and I have had the pleasure of connecting with a grandparent of a couple of my students who has discovered how Skype can support and facilitate face to face conversations. My students have also inspired and modeled for a Kindergarten classroom in Wisconsin about how twitter can give you opportunities to “talk” to others and share. We are also experiencing together that the world is huge and amazing and how we can share our ideas. We created a map that reminds us where and how we are connecting with others. This has been amazing because it reflects who we have inspired and who has inspired us in regards to our learning.
I look forward to thinking of how I can capture, model and share not only what we are learning in Kindergarten, but how we are doing it! I strive to be intentional and explicit and hope to continue to model the importance of how much fun learning is. My wish is for all students to want to learn, to desire to know and to be passionate about what interests them. A huge task I know, but a task I welcome because what I do each day is meaningful and it does make a difference.
Transformation is important because it captures the essence of who we are and all that we have to offer. This past year thanks to my PLN I have been challenged and inspired as well as supported. My PLN is full of amazing people that I may never have the opportunity to meet face to face, but they are always available and willing to support, share, connect, inspire and challenge my thinking. I will be forever grateful for this.