It was great to be back last week and co-moderate beside our amazing guest Beverly Ladd – we discussed Digital Citizenship and it was one of the biggest chats yet! Here is the archive for those interested: http://mrkempnz.com/2015/05/whatisschool-archive-07-05-15-digital-citizenship.html
This week at #whatisschool we welcome back Laura and also welcome in to guest moderate, Jena Ball. Jena is the creator of Critterkin, a goofy pack of mixed breed mutts and their leader Ms. Jenaia devoted to teaching kids that animals are family. She is an inspirational leader in social media and tirelessly gives up her time to support and guide educators and students across the globe.
Historically, the world of education has been dominated by black-and-white, either-or-thinking. A student passes or fails, is an overachiever or an underachiever, is gifted or has special needs. The problem with this all-or-nothing thinking is that it polarizes and focuses us on what divides rather than what unites us.
Happily, as educators begin to read outside their individual classrooms, schools and countries to connect with colleagues around the world, we are discovering that differences are to be embraced, explored and celebrated. As many of us like to say, “We are better together”.
This week at #whatisschool we will focus on the benefits of and strategies for creating a global network of connected educators whose many and diverse ways of seeing and being in the world are laying the foundation for positive change.
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Questions #whatisschool, May 14, 2015 7PM EDT
1) How has education changed since you first started teaching and where do you see it heading?
2) If a globally connected network of educators appeals to you, tell us why. If not, tell us why not.
3) What are some themes or topics of interest you currently hear all educators talking about?
4) Why is it so important to share successes, failure and everything in between as we build our global network?
5) How can student voices be woven into the discussion? What role should students play in the process?
6) Give us one example of a colourful, global project that includes learning from success, failure and diversity.