Learning in Connected Community


Educator Sean McComb asks, Why do you love teaching? And writes:

Last February, teachers told their stories and shared their love. Five million people interacted with the campaign through the #LoveTeaching hashtag — from the then-Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, to classroom teachers across four continents, and even future educators.

We are asked then to share the love …

During the week of Valentine’s day, from Feb 14th to the 22nd, tap into why you #LoveTeaching and write a blog post, compose a Tweet, post a picture, take a video, rant on Facebook — let’s hear the love!

Want to join in? There might be no better time related to this class because this week is all about learning in community and thinking about the implications of these connections for our learning and teaching. Why don’t you tap into this worldwide community of educators sharing their thoughts and add a few of your own?

Here’s what I tweeted:


And here’s the related campaign page for more.

The week ahead …

Reading/Watching: Here are some readings for this week that focus on learning as educators and within communities of other educators.

  • The Introduction from Garcia and O’Donnell-Allen’s new book Pose, Wobble, Flow: A Culturally Proactive Approach to Literacy Instruction
  • Chapter 1 from Baker-Doyle’s, The Networked Educator (Note: this has been uploaded as a PDF to Blackboard)
  • Lave & Wenger Communities of Practice at Infed.org
  • NWP’s Digital Is itself is a rich source of vignettes and stories shared by teachers in a larger community. At this website you can also find stories of learning in community, such as:

Lacy Manship works with very young learners doing what she called “social assessment” in this Digital Is resource Wanna See the Movie?

Jennifer Smyth tells the story of a cross-school student-led Bioethics Day in her Digital Is 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

Christina Puntel has been working with other educators to learn from student work; she documents why and shares some of her process in Looking with Heart: Celebrating the Human in the Digital.

Blogging: This week, try to connect to a new community and/or spend some time actively reflecting on your connections to community/ies that you are already involved in. What do you notice about them? How do they impact your learning? What are the implications for teaching?

Ultimately — what does any of this mean for the creation of connected learning opportunities for  youth and the implications connected to your interests in equity?

More ways to connect: Here are a few new things you could try this week, and alternatively blog about, if you are interested.

  • #LoveTeaching could be fun way to explore how to connect with a distributed set of educators online this week — what kind of communities are in these online spaces? What are the implications of them?
  • Today is President’s day and there are two related events online I know about — A President’s Day Annotatathon (happening all week) and a Twitter Chat about Civic Engagement and the 2016 Election (8:30pm ET TONIGHT). Again, who do you connect to here and what are the implications for you as a learner and as a teacher?
  • Given how much we’ve been writing and sharing with each other recently, and using mostly public spaces online to do so, what are your reflections on this process and the implications for learning in connected communities and for equity? (Note that many of you noted some really interesting things about this in your 3-week check in that you might want to extend upon.)

Find 5 Friday: What are 5 things you have learned, from our community and other communities you are connected to, about community … Please share/link to related resources for each.


In learning and connecting solidarity,


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