Mid course correction for Horizon

We've found that it is vital to have mid course corrections in big projects like horizon. In such a project 100% participation from all students is the objective and it takes a lot of one on one coaching to get that done!

But what if one or two still hang on after this bit, this is what we are doing, and honestly, I think it is a great idea because it is VERY reflective of what I saw in the business world.

We posted this on the class announcements page today:

Collaborative projects in the real world often require a “mid course correction” based on current circumstances on the project. This is your opportunity to make such a mid course correction. You have until sunset on Sunday (this is the horizon project, after all) to combine any two of your impact wikis. All topics must still be covered and you must link to the “old” wiki so that information (edits and discussions — evidence of collaboration) will be preserved. This will allow you to put together effectively functioning teams so that your objective is achieved: a complete research project on your trend.

Meanwhile, horizon has taken a big chunk of my blogging time as has senior slide show and efolios.

However, today as I had Jimmy Buffet on my radio and the wind in my hair driving to the JV track meet for my son, I felt truly free.

I sacrifice a lot to be at the school with my children and yet, though my pocketbook suffers, I am rich, and I am free. I am free to be there for my children at the most pivotal moments of life. I am supported by great administrators and free to innovate and push my classroom to the limits. I am free to blog and share with you. I am free to meet the best that education has to offer.

I am free to enjoy each moment for truly a GREAT teaching job is freedom. (Likewise, a terrible situation is a prison. Been there!)

So, for now, I am free. Enjoying the wind in my hair and the horizon in my eyes. I wish more teachers felt this free!

Oh, such joy is mine,
for to teach
tis joy sublime!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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4 comments

Karyn Romeis May 3, 2007 - 8:41 am

Yesterday, at my client’s request I drove 2 hours to another city for a meeting that didn’t happen. I waited 6 hours for the client to be available to meet with me, and eventually had to leave without seeing him.

However, the hire company had unexpectedly delivered a very nice convertible car, rather than the “roller skate” I usually get, and the sun was shining. So I made the 2 hour return journey with the top down and the music up, singing along at the top of my voice.

I have been having a bit of a rough time of it on the work front lately, but that experience gave me the same sort of lift that you felt. There are days when, no matter what, all seems right with the world.

Durff May 3, 2007 - 10:28 am

Can’t get that in public school!

Durff May 3, 2007 - 3:18 pm

I like that: “…until sunset” – very appropriate for the Horizon Project!

Brandon Watts May 4, 2007 - 7:17 pm

Vicki,

It sounds like you’re doing some great things in the classroom, and it’s always nice to hear from a teacher who loves what they do.

As someone who’s professionally involved with creating educational software for schools, I can definitely relate to your comments.

Keep up the good work!

Brandon Watts
Criteo Evangelist

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