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One of the many benefits of being a connected educator is the end to isolation. According to studies by Scholastic and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, teachers spend only about 3% of their teaching day collaborating with colleagues. Lack of time to collaborate with colleagues has consistently been reported as one of the top 2 challenges in teacher’s daily work. Considering these statistics, it is no surprise that in our opening #NGSSchat on Goals for the New Year, collaboration was a top trend. I loved this tweet shared by a member of the #NGSSchat PLN, DIane Johnson @MDHJohnson pictured below in response the the question:
What support do you need to achieve your 2016 classroom goals?
Collective Wisdom paired with Reflection continues to drive my professional growth. I agree with Diane in that what educators report they need are models and examples to enact the kind of transformative change envisioned in the Framework and NGSS.
I am blessed to be involved in many collaborations that continue to support the development of my capacities which, in turn, support my students. In addition, I have adopted a classroom thought partner. In this partnership, we will work to coach each other to strengthen classroom practice and implement new instructional models around the NGSS and 21st Century Learning. As we navigate this semester, we will be sharing our classrooms through blog posts in a thread called
Making Thinking Visible
Our hope is that by sharing our classrooms and the thinking behind instructional and assessment decisions, we will be able to connect and receive feedback from others as well as contribute to the national science education conversation.