Monday, November 17, 2014

The Road to Success is Always Under Construction...

My mind has been spinning with ideas and thoughts for this blog post.  Several reflective conversations, sessions and experiences at the Miami Device Conference were all part of the pieces for this post.  However, upon returning to my school following this conference, it was this simple poster that sparked the title of this post: 

The Road to Success is Always Under Construction

My biggest takeaway from Miami Device was the whole idea of Making Thinking Visible.  This wasn't a new concept by any means, but it was nice to attend several sessions with this concept as a focus.  There is so much to be said about creating a broader audience for students and publishing their work.  That being said, this creates the environment for continuous publishing, revising, reflecting and publishing again.  Students' work is always under construction... The Road to Success is Always Under Construction.

In addition to making student thinking visible, there is value and importance to making teacher thinking visible.  We, too, need to be publishing, sharing, revising and reflecting on our experiences.  When students submit or publish work that needs revision or reflection, we "coach" them through the learning and reflecting process.  As teachers, we also need to learn and reflect on our lessons and experiences in the classroom.  Whether it means reflecting on a lesson integrating technology, trying a new Pinterest lesson, or implementing a new assessment, our Road to Success is Always Under Construction.

So as I reflect on my job, this conference, and my goals as a professional, I will continue to put on my hard hat, travel the road of reflection and visual thinking so that I can model this for others.  Here's to an adventurous trip on the Road to Success...