Welcome to our guest blogger from Baldwin County Schools, JJ Wills. JJ participated in our Connected Educator Month book study in October. We are thrilled to hear her perspective about how educators are master craftsmen - crafting learning experiences and impacting learners in deep and meaningful ways.
I started the book study, "Wounded by Schools", by Kirsten Olsen. This first discussion asked that we evaluate Cornel West's statement, "Education is soul crafting". This statement conjured images of master mechanics and master carpenters both meticulous, knowledgeable, and in high demand. Those images and 14 years of varied teaching experiences resulted in the following response to, "Education is soul crafting."
"Your feeling about this statement would be directly affected by your definition of soul. Soul for me is not totally about the presences of God, but the essences of a person; good, bad, kind, evil, lazy, motivated etc; the essences of a person is that, that is revealed by their actions. With this being my definition of soul I feel it has always been the responsibility of Teachers/Mentors/Schools, anyone who deals with children to ‘craft’ their souls by encouraging them to be the best version of themselves that they can be.
We ‘craft’ their souls by:
Posted by JJ Wills on December 6, 2013 at 1:00pm
While schools were out over the summer our Product Solutions Team was busy conducting focus groups and workshops with teachers and students from the local area. Our research-based innovation process is used to identify and understand challenges districts and students face so that we can innovate and continue to enhance our digital solutions to can make a real difference in the classroom.
Knovation 2nd Annual Student Lab Day
We invited 40 local students in grades 4-12 from various school districts to participate in our 2nd annual Student Lab Day. The Knovation Student Lab Day was established to understand the world through students’ eyes, words and actions. Student groups participated in several sessions and learned to design a school dash board and also participated in a simulated classroom where the product solutions teams observed students using the existing product interface. The information gathered helped validate the value we are delivering though our solutions and helped us better understand what we must deliver to meet students’ learning goals. The students enjoyed being a part of our focus group. “I’m definitely doing this next year!” stated one student. Another student stated, “I liked testing a program that you don’t have to use paper; we should use this in school.” Marci Campbell, Vice President of Solutions Management commented on the Student Lab Day, “I think it's important to provide students with as many access points as possible for learning—creating online lessons are one way to engage students who are technologically focused/motivated. Additionally, so many colleges are using a blended learning model, it's just good practice to expose students to online learning.”
Knovation Teacher Focus Groups
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Posted by Marci Campbell on October 2, 2013 at 12:26pm
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