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#Comments4Teachers

It’s January, and we are wrapping up the (first?) Charles E. Smith blogging cohort by taking the time to reflect and discuss. I first had the idea to write this post after our first meeting in August, but I didn’t act immediately on the idea and, as these things tend to do, it lost its urgency. However, as I listened today to teachers discussing what they’ve learned, I reflect that perhaps, in my role of coach, I might have done more to connect my students (the teacher-bloggers) to that elusive “authentic audience.” Here’s the thing:…

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Alexis Soffler Andrea Hernandez Hadas Heyman Jessie Nathans Kim Sherk 

Professional Blogging: Our Reflections

Over the past five-ish months, a small cohort of teachers and administrators have been coached by Andrea Hernandez from EdJewCon to grow as reflective practitioners through the vehicle of blogging. As we are thinking about how to share our learning with other staff to change the purpose of blogging here at CESJDS, we took some time to reflect on our learning and outline it in presentation form to share with the community. Please reach out to us with questions, comments, and inspiration for additional blog posts. What would you like…

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Alexis Soffler Andrea Hernandez Hadas Heyman Jessie Nathans Kim Sherk 

Looking Through a Lens: Visual Bingo

We started with a blank visual bingo template (thanks Darren Kuropatwa for sharing). We brainstormed keywords, using the 5 characteristics from The Adaptable Mind (curiosity, creativity, initiative, multi-disciplinary thinking and empathy) as broad headings. Armed with our bingo boards, we set off to discover and photograph interpretations of our keywords. Afterwards, we reflected on the process as well as our individual products and discussed different applications of this type of activity. Jessie’s collage: Alexis’s Collage: Kim’s Collage: Hadas’s Collages (she made two): Andrea’s Collage:  

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Andrea Hernandez 

Preparing (or “Pre-Playing”) for STEM Day

When I visited Charles E. Smith in November, I happened to be there for a faculty meeting devoted to planning for the upcoming STEM Day. I took the role of documentarian as I watched the teachers prepare (I think it would be more truly descriptive to say I watched them “pre-play”). This short video captures Alexis Soffler opening the meeting by describing how the STEM Day has evolved over the years in terms of teachers’ partnership and participation. She describes it as a profound shift from earlier years  “when we just tried to make it to…

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Andrea Hernandez 

Tips & Tools For Ethical Media Use

What do ethics have to do with images or audio? In our technological world of remixing and mashups, memes and viral videos, isn’t everything up for grabs? Because I share my work (visuals, videos, etc) in a digital format, does that mean that anyone can use, adapt, reshare or even claim ownership? Because something CAN be done without “consequences” does not necessarily mean that something SHOULD be done. It is my belief that, as educators and learners, we continually grow and take steps to embody the values we wish to teach. In other words,…

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Andrea Hernandez 

Documenting Learning-Illustrative Examples

Part of the work of our blogging cohort is monthly one-on-one coaching calls where each teacher gets to check in, share, reflect, ask questions, etc. I love what I’m learning from these truly amazing teachers who are so wide-open and willing to share their learning, both in our discussions and via this blog. I notice that, as I’m listening to them reflect verbally, my frequent response is, “Blog post! That is a blog post!” I’m thinking….This is so great it must be shared! Other people need to read/hear this, too. One prevalent…

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Andrea Hernandez 

Using Artifacts to Reflect

Now that some time has passed since the 2-day “bootcamp” with the CESJDS cohort, it’s time for me to reflect on those two days through the lens of my role as coach. (Note: This post is not ABOUT using artifacts to reflect; it is an example of me using artifacts to reflect on my own teaching). Image Credit Who am I in this cohort? What value do I offer? I am a storyteller, facilitator, questioner, a sharer of experience, a connector, an instructional designer, a data collector, a listener. I…

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Andrea Hernandez 

Examples of Blogging Excellence

Models are an important piece in the learning puzzle. Today, members of the cohort are struggling with big-picture questions like, “Why are we doing this work?” and “Can’t we skip this step of blogging through the lens of our own professional learning?” We opened our day yesterday with a blog-hunt, big and open-ended. I think it makes sense to revisit that work today, after two packed days of learning, with more specific and focused examples. I want you, the cohort teachers, to see yourselves in colleagues who blog their professional learning and whose professional roles most…

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Andrea Hernandez 

Day ONE of Transforming

We are wrapping up the first day of the 2-day “bootcamp.” Here are the slides (for both days): Charles E. Smith edJEWcon Bootcamp from edjewcon Slide: Literacy has always been defined by technology (we watched the intro where she talks about this idea) Are you holding back? (Obvious to You, Amazing to Others) We didn’t have time to watch this one, but maybe another time 🙂 Face Your Fear My Thoughts and Impressions: I get so excited about this work. This is my first time doing this blogging work, in-depth, with…

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