I am taking a course through the University of Cambridge called The Fundamentals of Educational Dialogue.
This is the second week of the course. The readings, videos and other resources for the first week were phenomenal. They support what I’ve previously read about classroom talk and go deeper.
This evening, I met my research buddy. She’s a teacher in Las Vegas and we’re both interested in supporting kids to reason in math class through using dialogue. I’m excited about this partnership.
My research buddy and I will be meeting once a week for about 30 minutes each time to talk about the readings and how we are implementing what we’re learning in the course with our students.
Having a buddy will help me stay accountable to the weekly course requirements, which includes a weekly (extensive) journal reflection.
This is the kind of nerdy stuff I love to spend my time on. It keeps my mind nimble and reenergizes me when I’m feeling defeated about how difficult teaching has become.
Meeting other educators, who are also on a personal learning path, whether similar or different from mine, gives me hope that this profession that I love so much can be pulled from the muck it is continually being dragged into.
So, cheers to all of us who are blogging every day, or most days, this month
Cheers to all of us who write.
Cheers to taking what we are learning back into the classroom.
Crossposted to the Two Writing Teachers March Slice of Life Story Challenge.