After winter break, Matt & Courtney had a pod session planned today - then the riots broke out in DC. Insurrection and sedition didn't stop us from recording, however, and we talk about how we can talk to kids about the harder conversations, especially in the world we live in. Courtney has some great advice that is evergreen, of course, but it's worth saying again, especially now.
Warning - we do swear for the first time in this one (at least, the first time on air...), so listen for that (It's right in the first minute, and it's only the s-word, and we don't mean "standardized").
Stay safe, wear a mask, and we'll see you next week with another one.
Matt and Courtney have been busy lately, but we are back! We review the first semester of 2020 and how it has gone in this time of distance/hybrid learning.
Matt and Courtney return from their election-induced stress times with the introduction of the Profile of a Successful Distance Learner, developed this fall by the Maine Curriculum Leaders Association. They discuss how it is a document to be used to start conversations with teachers, learners, stakeholders, etc, and how it is NOT something to just hand out and call it good.
You can find the document at https://www.mainecla.org/blog/mcla-profile-of-a-successful-distance-learner. It is definitely something we could all use as we head into the winter months.
Matt and Courtney made it through election day, but it's obviously still going. Just a few minutes of therapy from us about what to do next..... Hang in there.
Matt and Courtney return with a conversation around student attendance, some things that have been happening since March and into the fall, and how to go plaid
Matt and Courtney are back with a mailbag! Post your own questions in our parking lot at plearnmc.com. Today's question: How do we set a reasonable bar for competency work when trying to hold students accountable in a "new normal" world?
Matt and Courtney return after a week off with a plea - use the damn moment! Education is different these days, we all know that. So this is the perfect time for us to make the system do what we want it to do - encourage learner agency; be standards-based, proficiency-based, or even competency-based; project-based across content areas; etc, etc. This is the time!
Read Kelly Young's article here, and follow Education Reimagined on Twitter.
Matt and Courtney return with some talk about what a portrait of a distance learner looks like in this time of COVID, and what about schools keeping the hybrid model after the pandemic ends?
Matt and Courtney return with a pod they've now done twice due to some amazing lack of recording skills by Matt. We talk about hard conversations in schools these days - especially about race. It's a good one - and we've done it twice.
Matt and Courtney return with a start-of-school special unlike any other! At least unlike the ones we've done in the past.