Meme: Passion Quilt

I’ve been tagged by Sylvia for the Passion Quilt Meme.  I’ve decided to pull from my personal collection for this photo meme.  The photo above is of our daughter after helping me to find a geocache almost 3 years ago.

Often times when we go geocaching we don’t find a cache because we see something more interesting.  Be it animal tracks, a scurrying animal or a odd looking tree formation, a learning opportunity presents itself.  When she inquires about the discovery, why would I squander that with an agenda to find a box of trinkets? 

Far too often I hear students say that they there is nothing to do, that they are bored.  They’ll sit and do nothing, but stare at the flashing of a computer screen, television or their video games. Hogwash.  (Note: While I advocate for each of these in educational and entertainment value, however, we must remember moderation is key.) 

So my passion is about active learning, learning by doing.  Learning by doing things, not just spewing what they know.  When we are out and about, we open opportunities for play and discovery resulting in learning.

Directions: Find or create an image that captures what you are most passionate for kids to learn about.

  • Post a picture from a source like Flickr Creative Commons or make/take your own that captures what YOU are most passionate about for kids to learn…and give your picture a short title.
  • Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt” and link back to this blog entry.
  • Include links to 5 folks in your professional learning network or whom you follow on Twitter/Pownce.

I’m tagging these folks from my regional network:

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Embedded PD: Enhancing Learning Experiences for Everyone

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I love it when a plan comes together and this was a school history project was fun to work on. Check out the video a local reporter put together.  It’s always nice to work with great people especially when they understand the model of embedded professional development. Judy Wegman, the Extended Studies educator, at Council Rock Elementary School in Brighton took ownership of learning GPS technology. While the students didn’t actually see her learning she picked up the GPS unit and in a pinch, learned to mark waypoints (coordinates) on her own. As you can see in the video, she understands the importance of using technology that is embedded into learning experiences rather than as an extra and disconnected lesson.

This project solidified my thoughts about morphing professional development opportunities for teachers into more job embedded experiences. I’m inspired now to look at more examples of embedded PD and where else I can help provide such experiences.

Kudos to Judy, the teachers and expecially the students at Council Rock for their wonderful experience (not to mention making my job easier)!

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