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For me, it was presenting maths tasks and letting students read the tasks and ask any questions they needed to clarify, rather than me giving them all the information and doing the thinking for them. The first time, they asked no questions (nearly killed me ... but I kept quiet), so I let them loose to get on with the task. It took about 15 minutes before the questions started, and that's when I answered them. This was a real turning point for me ..... I became much more aware of not doing all the thinking for my students and letting them do the thinking for themselves.
New Experiences and Different Perspectives
New Experiences and Different Perspectives
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Upon reflection, I think my first big step may have been the day in 1981 an Apple computer (possibly a 2e) was wheeled into my classroom. I haven't looked back.
However probably my biggest step in becoming connected was when I volunteered my school at the time, to host the first Melbourne Teachmeet. I had been lurking on Twitter for some time, and happened to see a tweet from @MrMitchHughes asking for someone to host a teachmeet. I was intrigued by the idea, however not been one to step easily out of my comfort zone, I decided the only way I would be brave enough to attend was if I volunteered my school. The rest as they say is history. I can still remember the reaction from my teenage daughters when I told them I was going out to have coffee with people I had met on Twitter! This was the first time I meet +Celia Coffa and +Aimee Gale who I now consider to be friends. In an unconnected world we would never have met.
That first teachmeet at PVPS was the first of many and the beginning of my wonderful PLN of educators whom I respect, admire and learn from everyday. 
I don't take bold steps easily, I often second guess my decisions and being a true Libran - indecision is my forte! But I am always thankful that just once I was brave enough to step out of my comfort zone and  send a message offering my school to host a Teachmeet. 
How Far We've Come
How Far We've Come
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Aaron, I came across this quote today, very timely given blog post and discussions. "The highest respect should go to those teachers who let their actions rise above other teachers' excuses." 
Robert John Meehan

So important that we continue to take action and move forward not sit back and wait for it all to happen around us. Focusing on student (and teachers) needs and future focused learning is critical. 

Great to be able to say that I thanked a few yesterday for their commitment to and involvement in professional learning and for the opportunity I had to learn from them. (Before I read your post). 
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If you were going to communicate (video conference) style with a school in China, what tool/s would you recommend using? Are there issues with any sites that are blocked etc.? Looking for something that is relatively simple to manage for not so technical teachers who are willing to learn and experiment. All suggestions welcome.
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Hoping someone can add the link to the Google docs folder that has the presentations and notes from tonight. It doesn't seem to be showing on when I open the GEG Melbourne community page (or else I just cant find it!)

Hi everyone, I am a late starter to the DL MOOC. just discovered it via twitter and some late night trawling. I am on my way home from holidays in the US so hope to use the plane trip to catch up on week 1 reading. 
I am an Assistant Principal at Essendon North Primary in Melbourne, Australia. I am particularly interested in Deeper Learning developing responsibility for learning and voice and choice with our students and also the links with assessment and communication of learning. Not having being part of a MOOC before I am not certain I will make the distance. But at this stage I am aiming for a week at a time. I can be found on twitter @medg56

Hi everyone, I am a late starter to the DL MOOC. just discovered it via twitter and some late night trawling. I am on my way home from holidays in the US so hope to use the plane trip to catch up on week 1 reading.
I am an Assistant Principal at Essendon North Primary in Melbourne. I am particularly interested in Deeper Learning developing responsibility for learning and voice and choice with our students and also the links with assessment and communication of learning. Not having being part of a MOOC before I am not certain I will make the distance. But at this stage I am aiming for a week at a time. Nice to see some familiar faces in this group.
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