Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.
This week’s post is about being a professional learner, but it is really about learning that is easily available, free, no strings attached, no assessment necessary, and no MLP necessary. Besides the Marshall Memo which we already get in our email, have you checked out the fabulous teacher resources available to us at our Charles Reed Bishop Learning Center online site?
Go to the middle school library site (you can get there from our middle school home page) and click on teacher resources. I’ve talked about ASCD professional development books before, but I just found some fabulous articles through Phi Delta Kappan, a professional journal focused on K-12 education. Each issue also has a professional development discussion guide that can be used for your own PLC.
This month’s issue is on using data to support schools What Educators Need to Know. So if you have 5 minutes or 10 seconds to download for later, take some time to do some professional reading. Will Richardson in his book 21st Century Skills, Rethinking How Students Learn says,
One thing is certain: although schools may continue to fundamentally look and act as they have for more than one hundred years, the way individuals learn has already been forever changed. Instead of learning from others who have the credentials to “teach” in this new networked world, we learn with others whom we seek (and who seek us) on our own and with whom we often share nothing more than a passion for knowing. In this global community, we are at once all teachers and learners—changing roles as required, contributing, collaborating, and maybe even working together to re-create the world, regardless of where we are at any given moment.
These learning transactions require a shifted understanding of traditional literacies and the skills they employ, as well as new literacies and practices that learning in networks and online social communities demands. For educators, acquiring these network literacies is a crucial first step in developing new pedagogies and, in turn, new classrooms and curricula that prepare students for the future.
On your way to work, ask yourself,
- What will I learn today?
- What will I create?
- How will I share it?
Hope you learned something fabulous today 😉