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Building School 2.0

I recently read the book, Building School 2.0.  The book is written with 95 essays on changes that should be made in education to help us meet the needs of every child.

I love the essays – they get you fired up and start you thinking.   How could this look in my school?  In my district? In my classroom?

What if a campus looked at their problem of practice, and asked teachers to pick and read just one of the many essays.  After teachers choose the essay that hits home with them, they make goals on how to improve their classroom.  Just a few baby steps here and there, nothing huge or grand, but progress.

Imagine if every campus did this – a few baby steps at a time, how a school would improve for each child.  How learning would improve across the board for all children.

Here is my Goodreads review of Building School 2.0


Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We NeedBuilding School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need by Chris Lehmann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a good book with multiple essay-style chapters that bring to light some of the changes that need to happen in education. These essays do highlight the changes that need to happen to assure that we educate all children, and not just a few.

This book really fired me up to share with others, I can see this being a great read as a faculty. I’ll write more about that on my blog – but this is a great book to start discussions amongst educators.

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#ISTE17 Reflections – Poster PL


This week my blog will be filled with reflections from the ISTE Conference in San Antonio.

My first reflection will be on the PosterPL.  While this session is just setting up, the more I look at this the more I can visualize the idea for a campus-wide Gallery Walk PL.

Below is how I can see PosterPL working on a campus.

The gist of PosterPL, is that teachers create a virtual or old school poster, describing something exciting going on in their classroom.  Once the poster is created, examples of student work, rubrics, check points etc. can be added around it as artifacts to help others see how this could be used in the classroom.

Eventually, teachers reflect on what they’ve seen on their Poster PL Gallery Walk in a blog or discussion board.  If two teachers want to follow up they can with learning walks or collaboration.

One huge benefit is that the amazing teachers who don’t feel comfortable presenting get to share ideas in a low pressure situation.  Teachers will also be able to have a sneak peak into multiple classrooms.

This is what how I envision Poster PL Working:

This is where the poster will be displayed.

Poster Displays

Teachers can display either a virtual poster or This is where the poster is displayed.  Teachers could choose either a digital poster or an old-school science trifocals to display what is going on in their classroom.  Behind the monitor the teacher could display student work, the table could hold artifacts like rubrics or directions.

Teachers rotate from one poster to the next.  They gather nuggets of brilliance from their peers and move on to the next poster.  In the end, teachers will get multiple snapshots of what is going on in other classrooms.



Choose Your Poster PL

Teachers would have a list of possible posters to go view.  This is one of the ISTE displays.

After the Poster PL, teachers can put their presentations in a discussion board for follow up.

This is just my take away from today.  I’ve had a great first day, connected with several people in my PLN.  I’ve also come up with several ideas for next year.


More from ISTE later.

I also met Susan Bearden, or @s_bearden.  The moderator of #EdTechChat.  She is  as interesting in person as she is during our Twitter chat.  Here is a picture of my sister coach Mandy and Susan.

Susan, Doris and Mandy







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Rethinking Professional Learning

adobe-spark-13-1I’ve started to focus my PL on reading blogs that interest me.  I feel like I’ve found a fountain of knowledge of Twitter and being able to tap into the fountain has helped me grow as a coach.

Today, as I focused on PL that would inspire me in my roll as an instructional coach, I stumbled across this blog entry by George Couros.

I’m looking at my PL opportunities for this upcoming calendar year and realized that if I want teachers to make a change I need to do the same thing.  This blog hit at just the right time.

When teachers have ownership over their learning, and experience what powerful learning can look like, it changes things in their classrooms.

January will offer my teachers a lot more control over their learning! What a great New Year’s Resolution!


~ Doris