Will it be done by you or to you? Flat Classroom kids speak out

Suzie Nestico and her students at Mt. Carmel in Pennsylvania just delivered the Flat Classroom 10-2 (2nd project in 2010 if you're wondering about the numbers) keynote.

Besides moving me to tears – I love the quote at the end how the students say

“By the end is when we really started to understand it, at the beginning we like partially understood it.”

and Suzie (their teacher) replies:

“Well, that is really the point of learning.”

Ning Version

Find more videos like this on Flat Classroom Project

Youtube Version




Perhaps these faces are so dear to me because several of them were with us in Mumbai and we learned how to “shop the streets” with the street vendors.  To see how far they have come. To actually think that this often lonely work has led to changing the lives of real, flesh and blood students. It is almost more than I can handle and it makes me weep.

Thankful for all of the teachers who have thrown in their time and energy to make it happen and volunteered their time.

Some administrators don't get the point. We've seen some say “but you can't spend so long on ‘one project.'” Not understanding that this one project has so many outcomes and such deep learning as to be transformative.

I'm watching my students create their NetGenEd films this week (due Friday) and their creativity continues to astound me.  From one student filming her “Field of Dreams” how a farmer growing vegetables can find answers in the middle of a field using their e-book (Kindle) to students doing work envisioning the future of gesture based computing.  It is truly a joy to be part of this. (and a little bit exhausting)

I hope you'll go to their youtube channel and leave a comment and share the video. They've worked very hard.

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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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2 comments

Suzie Nestico June 5, 2010 - 9:37 pm

I am ashamed to say that I actually just now came to opening my Google Reader for the first time in well over a month and so, I just now saw this post. Even still, when I watch this video again, likewise, it brings me to tears. And, I mean that quite literally! I know exactly what you mean about the countless hours and the moments that make it all worth it. And, further, the realization that hey, we’re doing this! Really doing it! So glad we did this from a student perspective! And, thank you for your kind comments. The future is just beginning!

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