Time Out

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I’ve had a bit of time out this year. I had a simple fall early this year that caused a compression fracture in my left tibia. It is taking a long time to heal and I have had time off work. I’m back now, although still on crutches. These really slow me down! First week back has been busy with a great project I am working on with English teachers in our district. We are a rural district and our project is about improving outcomes for our top 25% of students. Distance, cost and access are real issues for us, despite the advantages of the internet. We had a very successful day on Friday, not least because we were able to meet each other and talk. We have lots of plans but our first need is to be able to continue our conversations in a way that is easy and allows for collaboration and sharing resources, both for students and teachers.

We have started an Edmodo group and I am really excited at the possibilities this will offer in terms of our own professional learning and for our students. Our teacher group has a range of skills and all our schools have video conferencing so we can meet in cyberspace for mentoring and collaborating on texts and teaching units. I think Edmodo will make it possible for the network of teachers to drive itself. I am also hoping that the opportunity to work through Edmodo with students in other schools will be seen by the students as a incentive to be more engaged and motivated to aim higher.

I’m sure other teachers are collaborating to improve outcomes for their students, perhaps through Edmodo, perhaps in other ways. I would be very interested in hearing how you went about it, the issues that came up and your solutions.

About lyntiernan

I teach kids. Mostly English but sometimes good manners, how to have fun learning, that you are never too old to learn something new, that we all make mistakes and what we do about mistakes is who we become, that the future is not some place we are going to but a place we are creating and... I like learning and adapting new technology in the classroom I'm good with my new IWB, websites and email but hopeless with mobile phones!

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