I have been part of #IMMOOC study group since it started (http://immooc.org/). I listened to each of the episodes, followed on twitter, and read a few others blogs. I had also done a book study on Innovator's Mindset with a group in my division #rcsdconnect. I had also read the book on my own before either of these two sharing opportunities came out. I got so much out of each experience. I agree with the themes of the book 'bigly' (is that a word now haha). I feel that through my career that I have professed and practiced the #innovatativemindset, #growthmindset, #risktaking, and #relationshipbuilding that is necessary for growing in our craft. I have attempted to share as many of the experiences with anyone that would listen. Sometimes I have felt alone in my journey but I have been fortunate to have many experiences to meet like minded educators that have really inspired and kept me going. It hasn't been the easiest journey but definitely worth it. I have had so many great experiences due to following the path less taken. I will continue to go down this path and continue to share and listen. I really feel that I have become a better teacher and person because of this. I try to provide my students with the best possible experience they can have when they are in my class. I try to grow and risk take because if I expect my students to do that I must do so as well. If I ever thought I had teaching all figured out ... I would go do something else. The students are worth it and I think so is education. My big take away from this experience is to see the growth and momentum for positive change in education. The other day I tried something new by doing an #edubreakout experience with my students ... kids were engaged, working together, and active. I have some more work to do with this and see it as great learning opportunity ... more to blog on this.
I'm currently involved with three great professional development opportunities. Each have made me think and have made an impact on how I look at the art of teaching and how I can better serve my students in the classroom.
Today I will be going to an inservice at my division's tech training facility. I'm fortunate to have been selected as a #rcsdconnectededucator. This has allowed me to have access to devices, resources, and more for me and my students. Today's inservice will cover topics such as 21st Century Skills, TPACK, and SAMR. I have been familiar with many of these topics for awhile and it is always good to revisit, reevaluate, and rethink how these topics affect the classroom and how I have been incorperating into my teaching. One area we will focus on is the SAMR model. I would like to think I understand and staying afloat in the SAMR swimming pool (https://www.thinglink.com/scene/672615962238779393) I find in math that it is sometimes hard to get to the deep end of the pool as much as I'd like with some of the constraints that are present, but I'm trying my best to innovate and redifine what is happening in my classroom.
Yesterday I was at the University of Regina with my intern as we are participating in a TIFA (Teacher/Intern/Faculty Advisor) research project. This project involves video analysis of intern teaching. The process involves viewing, noticing, and discussion phases and really helps one look at the art of teaching. There was much to learn and talk about whether it was classroom management, math language, student time on task, questioning skills, group work and more. This is a process that I wish all teachers would engage in. Many other professions employee this type of professional development and I think it would improve our craft and open opportunities to do a more effective job for our students.
I'm current also doing the #IMMOOC. It has been a great experience watching videos, read tweets and blogs, and revisting the book.. One of this week's blog prompts is ... What are your connections to the “School vs Learning image? What would you add or modify? I would add reflection and professional development ... as learning requires reflection and the desire to further learning and professional development provides this opportunity. I think this brings my blog together as both the #rcsdconnectededucator and TIFA project have done just that made me reflect and provided rich and robust professional development that help me reflect on learning and take that passion back to those I serve.
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.