Celebrate with Ruth Ayres @ ruth ayres writes …. because, we need to celebrate moments in our lives every chance we get!
DigiLit Sunday was created and is hosted by Margaret Simon@ Reflections on the Teche – join the DigiLit Challenge of the day!
This Sunday, I celebrate the last two weeks of school, and the way my kids have taken ownership of their their learning. My work is done, and, with the exception of Social Studies, I have stepped back completely. From the moment they walk in, my kids glance at the “year end in process projects” list on the board to gauge what they need to attend to right away, where they need to prioritize their energies, and where they need to confer with me to clarify a point or two. The class hums along with a purposeful rhythm – a year of leading my kids to independence and a classroom work ethic is paying off.
I also celebrate what Margaret invited us to think about this Digilit Sunday: think about digital literacies and transformation. The rest of today will be spent on Google Classroom, as I read over my students’ multigenre projects, offer comments and suggestions, and enjoy their writing pieces. Often, a student will log on even as I am commenting, and that becomes a conversation. That’s the power of digital literacy.
Finally, I celebrate two milestones: yesterday I marked my 100th. post for Two Writing Teachers. Never in my wildest imagination did I think that anyone would care to turn to my writing about teaching as a source of inspiration and advice. It’s been a wonderful adventure. And today, I mark my 1,00th. post on my own blog, right here on A Teaching Life. It was a huge step to create an online journal of my teaching life, a place to reflect, collect and try out ideas, and share what I learn. This blog was really the first step into the incredible world of an online PLN – and it transformed my teaching. Many of us operate in isolation; it is hard to explain to people outside of the teaching profession that you can work in a building bustling with noise and exploding with people…and still be isolated and a teaching island all to yourself. Blogging, and Twitter, changed that.