“… It is the questions, after all, that make real learning possible.” Allen & Blythe, 2004
It’s Sunday morning and my cat is on my lap as I drink my morning coffee and catch up on your blog posts for the last week or so. So many wonder wobbles and reflections on wobbling; I am filled with appreciation for all the ways you are sharing and contributing to the community here at ed677 and beyond. Thank you.
Thank you too for understanding my delays given the loss in our family and for your emails. The work of teaching takes our whole selves so it is important to acknowledge what’s happening and where the tensions lie in our work that come from all sorts of directions.
Keep paying attention to what’s happening in your own lives and those of your students, keeping notes as you go. These wobbles raise questions. And the questions will support us in connecting our learning in new and different ways as we move towards inquiry questions that we can work on throughout the rest of the semester.
The week ahead …
Let’s start first with some additional inspiration for our flowing and connecting: What, for example, can we learn from the genius of Hip-Hop?
More here with Chris Emdin about Hip-Hop in education:
Let’s take this week to focus on ways of staying fresh, learning from each other, and being resourceful. How do we do that? One way is by continuing to notice where we wobble, to ask ourselves questions about these moments, and begin to take an “inquiry stance” around our practice. Read At Last: Practitioner Inquiry and the Practice of Teaching: Some Thoughts on Better by Susan Lytle.
Using the notes from your pose/wobble/flows, and the questions that emerge from them, I would like you to start identifying an inquiry question (or set of questions) that will guide what you do the rest of the semester. Inquiry questions tend to be the kind that keeps you up at night (or wake you up in the morning) … ones that emerge when you as you pose/wobble/flow… that which you seek to make “better”. What keeps you up, in your context, when you think about designing for connected learning and equity?
Again, make notes to yourself — In what ways do you see this educator-blogger wobbling? What are the ways they are doing this in public networked spaces? What are the implications?
Now I’d like you to look back at your questions and thinking about how you might bring equity into the mix. This selection of writings, Making Equity Explicit in Inquiry and Examining Questions of Equity in Teaching from a 2006 NWP resource Teaching Towards Equity can support you in thinking about what this might look like. Pick a 1-2 of these essays here to read closely in support your process:
- Finding Myself in My Inquiry: A Teacher’s Story by Sarah Capitelli
- Building on Success: Changing Our Practice to Better Serve African American Students by Pirette McKamey
- Leading from Personal Experience: Autobiography as a Foundation for Developing African American Teacher Leadership by Gwendolyn Williams
- An East Oakland Odyssey: Exploring the Love of Reading in a Small School by Elena Aguilar
- Taking Tests by Robert Roth
- Learning to Listen: Supporting Classroom Teachers Through Collaborative Inquiry by Oreather J. Bostick-Morgan
- Learning to Teach Elementary Mathematics: Inquiry in Preservice Teaching by Marcie Osinsky
Find one more story to dig into here at The Current. Where do you see the inquiry and questions of equity in these pieces? A few resources I suggest include:
- Lacy Manship works with very young learners doing what she called “social assessment” in this resource Wanna See the Movie?
- Jennifer Smyth tells the story of a cross-school student-led Bioethics Day in her resource Bioethics, Informed Consent, and Open Networks: The Story of Bioethics Day
- Danielle Filipiak writes about her collaboration with teaching artist Issac Miller in her Detroit high school classroom: Using Media to (Re) Claim The Hood: Essential Questions & Powerful English
Blog this week — using text, drawing, video, sound, collage, etc. — about the inquiry questions that start to surface for you as you pose/wobble/flow your way around being a connected learner or about connected learning and equity. It doesn’t have to be fully formed yet .. start to wonder about your wonders and wobbles and see where that leads you in your making.
(See a new discussion posted in Canvas about a “Loop Writing” process you might want to try in thinking more about your inquiry question/s.)
In addition to writing a blog about your inquiry above, find 5/6/7 resources that might relate to the questions you are asking about connected learning and equity. Take the time and go back through what you have referenced or gathered so far, tap into the sources I’ve been drawing from each week for our shared readings/watchings, as well as each others blogs. Richness abounds!
Our next online gathering is this Tuesday, February 26 at 7pm ET. Here is a link to Bluejeans and a related document (we will be doing some “loop writing” together, just fyi); looking forward to seeing those who can make it there!
In connected learning solidarity,