This week’s episode of our school podcast was simple but powerful. First anytime you can record students showcasing their love of music…that’s just awesome. The second half of the podcast was inspired by a hashtag movement that I read in an article by @sarahwessling. Use the hashtag #loveteaching the week leading up to Valentine’s Day and share what you love about teaching. Simple enough. I have to say that it was really fun to ask people that question. We all have tough days, tough weeks…tough months, but when someone asks you why you love what you do…it’s hard not to smile and remember the reasons.
I’ve always respected educators and have a background in music…but this evening at my daughter’s concert I have found a new level of respect and admiration for the elementary level band director.
And to my daughter, for her bravery and confidence in trying something new…that too was inspiring.
It’s pretty powerful when we take a moment or two to truly look at ourselves through the eyes of our students. When @Pernilleripp posted her #studentlife challenge on January 29th I was excited to participate. I don’t think I realized how powerful it would be as a reflection tool for ourselves though. I knew it would be great, but as I talked to the teachers that participated it was clear that this little thing…this one day of passing our phones and cameras to the students helped to inspire and reflect well beyond its purpose.
It’s been very interesting to dive into podcasting this year. I started doing podcasting for our school at the beginning of this year with no real plan or experience…just a chance to share some of the great things going on in our school in a different way. Very quickly I realized that podcasting is some of the best PD I’ve ever had. When I’m creating these podcasts I dig deeper into what’s happening, I ask questions, I research so I know what I’m talking about and I learn from everyone involved. It’s pretty great.
This newest project is a great collaboration with a lot of people. @ChrisArthurvt has been a valuable colleague in this process, showing me new and exciting ways to use podcasting to share. He and I are working on this new project together and the learning continues. I’m excited to see where it goes from here! Our hope is to really explore innovations in education beyond the walls of our school, flatten the world of education so those innovations can connect and grow.
RESVT School Podcast can be found at https://soundcloud.com/resvt or on Stitcher at http://www.stitcher.com/
MMMUSD Podcast can be found at http://mmmusdpodcast.com/ and on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/mmmusdvermontedpodcast
My daughter pulled the crumpled list of names from her backpack, brought it up to us saying, “I need to get going on my Valentine’s Day cards today.” No amount of explaining that there are two weeks between now and Valentine’s Day helped put her mind at ease…so…scissors in hand we got to work!
In this episode of the RESVT Podcast I went along with our third grade as they went skiing and boarding at a local ski area (Cochran’s Ski Area). I’ve been trying out some new gear and had a few challenges here and there with audio, but I”m still happy with how it came out. Tough to share the true power of being outside in the silence of snow with a field recorder. It was a blast. I’m working on multiple projects now and trying to learn a lot of new stuff about editing, different mics, etc. New learning is awesome! Enjoy:
Today I had the distinct pleasure of having an entire class of Kindergarten scholars come and visit me in my office. They had written letters with ideas and feedback for me on how to improve our school. You’ll hear some amazing ideas…and a whole lot of crinkling paper!