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The same as it ever was, but does it have to be?

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Session Four: Sunday 10:30am–12:00pm
Room 309
Leo Brehm, Beth Knittle
Affiliation: Sharon Public Schools, Barnstable Public Schools
Conversational Focus/Audience:
All School Levels
Conversation Description:

What if you changed one thing per week in your classroom to improve learning? What would it be? How large or small would this change have to be to make a difference in student learning? Would arranging the furniture differently produce a positive outcome? Does using a wiki as my web page promote higher order thinking? Our industry is in a constant state of change, navigating, understanding, and leading this change can be difficult to do in our learning communities.

Today, these changes are centered around improving learning by engaging learners in activity rich, inquiry driven instruction while addressing individual student needs and the traditional educational environmental challenges. But, many of us overwhelmed by the prospect of getting from where we are to where we want to be.

Please join us for a conversation regarding how to begin that change. We will discuss what we each envision as our ideal learning environments and practices. What are the seeds that can be planted in a learning environment that can spawn positive change in learning? How do we train others to be prepared for change.

Then we will outline what skills, knowledge, tools and strategies we need to get there. Finally, we will look at setting realistic goals to realize this vision. Come share your vision, success and encourage each other as we embark on realizing our visions.

We hope that we can all leave armed with powerful suggestions and ideas that we can apply in our own environments that will drive enriched learning.

Conversational Practice:
We will be following a modified version of What? So What? Now What? discussion format.


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