Today Laura Komos‘s blog is the place to be as we share our reflections on the end of the book Who Owns the Learning? by Alan November.
I read the final chapters in a comfortable chair at a canal side bar in sunny Berlin so my reflections may not be as thorough as they should be, but I know I will come back to this book as there are many details I still need to digest!
Chapter 5- The Student as Global Communicator and Collaborator
I was so interested to see how empathy is valued world wide. It is a trait we try hard to teach and I think it is one that needs continued experiences. So many of students I teach struggle to put themselves in somebody else’s position. It is definitely something we talk about a lot. t was interesting to see that in general Europeans are good at valuing multiple perspectives, as I live in the heart of Europe. I wonder how this is measured, because I do not always feel it here.
I was really surprised to see that less than 25% of EPals interactions are US based. I must admit that although I signed up for EPals two years ago I have not really made good use of all of the resources and connections available there, but I have found many other ways to connect globally.
I loved the ideas of all the jobs that could be delegated related to Skypes. We Skype a lot and it would be great to get all of these perspectives involved regularly. I have primarily used Skype in the classroom to connect with authors and illustrators but look forward to using it more broadly. We have used Skype to connect with other classes about certain collaborative events, such as International Dot Day.
Using root zones for research was something I first learned about this spring, but I have not yet explored it much.
Being at an international school I really try to make use of the global perspectives the students in the class and their families can offer. It has been great to have parents and students offer their perspectives as part of our learning.
Chapter 6- Joining Forces in Purposeful Work: The Legacy of Student Contribution
This is something I need to think about more. I like the idea of legacies being left behind and for work to be continually built upon. I have not yet figured out how I will incorporate this into my class.
I look forward to reading about other people’s thinking on Laura’s blog today. The #cyperpd experience has been a great example of many of the points the author made in Who Owns the Learning? I have really benefited from hearing multiple perspectives! I hope that we can connect our classes in the coming year as we explore these ideas further in our classrooms!