The Expanding Classroom
I'm really loving this blogging thing; on many levels.
On a personal level I've subscribed to several blogs of outstanding educators from whom I'm learning so much that each week I feel as though my head is spinning. I get all sorts of teaching ideas just from reading about the educational growth and projects of the folks out there in the "edublogosphere."
On a professional level I have found that blogging has had a profound and positive impact on our class. It has given voice to some of you who don't always get a chance to express yourself in class; it has encouraged some of you to raise your voices and ask questions in class you were reluctant to before; I've seen you grow into courageous learners by asking questions, posting your thoughts, difficulties, confusions, moments of clarity and more! Our classroom has expanded to include the entire internet in the guise of previewing learning material and accessing interactive review material online. Now I have to admit that some of this is by design; I had hoped that all this would happen. But I never imagined just how well you all would take to this learning format nor to what depth you would "get into it!"
Now it seems that our class has expanded to yet another (unanticipated) level. You should know that we're getting read. By the folks here in our own DMCI community, including teachers and our admistrators, and by the folks out in the "edublogosphere." Check it out here. Although Mrs. Davis singles out Adrien's post as exemplary (and it is) you've all impressed me to a degree I can't begin to describe. I'm so proud of all of you!
Keep learning and keep blogging!