While our conversation has slowed down over the past weeks, I'm really glad to have read this book. I appreciate the questions Kerri has posted with persistence. :-) I recommended it to my principal, and I also recently recommended the book at a science teachers conference when I was running a workshop last week.

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On page 185 this graphic is shared.
I really think it is important that if these are the things we are wanting for our students ... then it is the same for us. Take a moment to think about how you immerse yourself in similar experiences? The rest of the chapter discusses this:)

I know the chat has slowed RIGHT down... but we are nearly there... it would be great to finish off the last few chapters with a few people getting in and sharing some thoughts:)

Chapter 12: Create Meaningful Learning Experiences for Educators.
An innovator's mindset involves understanding that we do not have to be the expert anymore. We are co-learners. How do you purposefully and explicitly model the learning process for the kids in your class / school?

Chapter 11 'Embracing an Open Culture'.
I couldn't agree more that changing our practice by thinking more creatively and embracing innovation is made more possible by opening our minds to the many connected environments that can make it happen ... walking the talk.

I LOVE the idea that "the bigger the crowd, the more potential innovators there are" pg. 170. We have created this 'ecosystem' within the #NZreadaloud community ... teachers who see connected literacy as a new pedagogy for deeper learning are now sharing this on and we are building innovators every time we do #NZreadaloud.

How have you or your school promoted or capitalised on open, connected learning - for yourself and/or your learners?

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If you are behind or keen to chat 'real time' about Chapters 7 & 8 ... this twitter chat is on Monday 18th 2pm NZT . Thanks Anneke for sharing this.

Chapter 10 is titled "Less is More".
What resonated with me at the start of this chapter was the idea of focusing on deeper learning over breadth resulting in shallow understanding.
I believe #NZreadaloud has this as its vision... 'connected literacy' is a new pedagogy for deeper understanding.
What are you doing in your school/class which is promoting 'depth' over 'breadth'?

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Here is the video "Creativity Requires Time" mentioned on page 158. I have done this with my class...you should give it a go:)

Oh boy...we have all been a little quiet! I know ... reports and end of Term mayhem.
Anyway here is a question that I am interested in hearing your thoughts on...
In Chapter 8 'Strengths Based Leadership' on page 134, George talks about "professional teams' within a school who join together to develop goals and measures of success. It is about acknowledging the expertise already in a school. Teachers join a team they feel is a strength / passion with the purpose sharing ideas and improving learning for both teachers and students.
Who has these Professional Groups at their school? Are they valuable? Are there any problems with the groups?

Chapter 9
On page 141/142 George speaks about technology being 'transformational' - it provides opportunities that didn't exist before.
How do you personalise the technology opportunities for your learners?

Chapter 7 discusses visions and missions. I would love to hear some of your school visions and missions. Please share ... were the community consulted in the creation of it?

This chapter made me think about our school mission statement....we do not have a vision statement just a mission statement. And I realise now how WRONG it is ... "Learning for the future in a supportive environment".

We are not learning for the future...we are learning FOR NOW ! I do not know who created our mission statement but it was a LONG time ago. I think it is time we re-visited it and consulted our community, kids, and people at our school and came up with something which suits us more now in these changing times.
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