No more connect the dots: Connect the students!

It is very late and I've had a long day, however I want you to have a copy of the great presentation by Will Richardson today.

He challenges teachers to look for ways to connect our students. This is quite appropriate for me in that tomorrow, my students have a great opportunity to interview a nanotechnology expert, Earl Boysen, author of Nanotechnology for Dummies and – he is also a columnist for Nanotechnology. He is a fascinating person and I am very grateful for his willingness to share.

We will record the discussion and I'll post it on my Cool Cat Teacher podcast this week.

Why are we looking at nanotechnology?

The reason that we are having this discussion is that our computer science book covers hardware very well, but has absolutely nothing on nanotechnology. Nanotech is an essential area of understanding for any classroom looking at science or technology and the impacts are going to be far reaching.

So, I had my students elect a project manager who then divided up the questions they had about nanotechnology and they created a wiki and questions for our presenter for tomorrow.

I have many other things to share about Will's presentation but it is going to have to wait.

Your Essential question of the day!
Until then — think about this. How are you connecting your classroom? How are you getting connected? Are you connecting so that you can learn? Are you modeling the kind of person that they will need to be?

The Gift of Connection

Teachers, during the most stressful period of teaching probably in the history of mankind, we have been given a gift — a gift of connections with one another.

No teacher is an island — we are a growing continent of hope in an education system lost in the last century.

Encourage others to join in but remember this —
we all have our different learning curves and the arrogant and proud never win converts — it is the humble and willing TEACHER who can encourage others to move ahead into this new world at their own pace and their own comfort level and who never says “I told you so” but only says, “Yes! I'm so proud of you! You can do it!”

Teacher — remember why you teach! Let that love of teaching spur you to become better and venture unafraid into what has turned out to be, for me, a very good place — the edublogosphere.

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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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Durff February 6, 2007 - 5:24 am

A connected global network…. how do we prepare our students for this reality? A wonderful concept that you have introduced! Enjoy the interview. I want technology to shovel snow and take out the trash……

Megan Golding February 6, 2007 - 12:55 pm

This is an awesome project, Vicki! The questions your students came up with are great.

I would love to know how you’ll conduct it: Skype? Phone? In person?

Also, how in the world did you ever hook up with Mr. Boysen?

You’ve inspired me to seek out professionals with whom to connect my students. Thanks!

Angela September 16, 2007 - 1:36 am

This is a powerful point. Many of the schools I am working with are new to blogging;what a perfect way to help them think of the power and possibility of connections. Great post!

Angela Maiers

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