Showing posts with label #CTInquiry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #CTInquiry. Show all posts

Teaching with Twitter and Social Media

Monday, November 27, 2017





I use Twitter and other social media platforms when teaching in the classroom, adult courses, and even for my TransformEd workshop offerings. 

During my graduate studies at York University, I was fortunate to take a course about digital technology with Professor Ron Owston.  

#CTInquiry colour challenge!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017




#CTInquiry is pleased to announce a special launch to their 100 Languages photo challenges via Instagram.  If you don't already follow this account that @creative_explorations and I started click on @CTInquiry for weekly inspiration that is Reggio Emilia inspired!

#CTInquiry information and new weekly challenge!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016




#CTInquiry (Connected through inquiry: A curious community of learners) continues to meet on a monthly basis either in person or online.  This is a free network for anyone who might be interested in visiting classrooms that follow an inquiry approach, reading and drawing upon Reggio Emilia inspiration, sharing ideas, studying documentation, and planning ways to support student learning/enrich programs.  Please feel free to access the schedule here and join us whenever you can!

#CTInquiry Creative Colour Social and Upcoming Gatherings

Thursday, August 4, 2016




In July our #CTIquiry group enjoyed a creative colouring social at the North Thornhill Community Centre!  It was so lovely to just relax and be in each other's company - not to mention the food was beyond delicious! 

I brought my mom and son, as we like to colour during out spare time!  Soon, perhaps he too will join us!


Here is the snapchat story that I created that night in the moment:






Here is a peek into our evening together:






















In a couple weeks (Wednesday, August 24th, 2016) we will be meeting again, this time at the Louise Kool and Galt Showroom.

Here are the details for the next two sessions (August and September):


CTI Session 6: Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Face-to-Face 6:00-8:00 p.m. 
We will be visiting the Louise Kool & Galt Showroom to prepare our learning environments for September!


*30 people capacity- RSVP required!


Read: Designing the environment to build connection to place by Carol Anne Wien (print pdf here)

Bring with you any of your planning resources to share with other colleagues and have discussions around a strong September start (e.g., timetable, day plans, floor plan, etc.)!  You may also bring images of your classroom and how you hope to transform it.  I am certain that it will be a wonderful opportunity to inspire each other and seek feedback from like-minded colleagues.  Food will be provided, and time will be allotted to visiting and exploring the showroom.  Our discussion will be on the article, and break out groups about planning.  This is not a formal workshop, but rather a chance to network!


HOW TO RSVP - NOT BY EMAIL THIS TIME!

To add your name to the RSVP list for the August 24th planning session please click here.  I have created a waiting list, and could book another session if need be!

The google doc will be taken down after the event, but since it's live now please use your own comfort regarding full name or email address information. I just need to know who is attending, and can get the rest in person!

If for whatever reason there is a change, I will email the group and post on Instagram/Twitter!



Image from @richlandacademy, private school in Richmond Hill.



CTI Session 7: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Face-to-Face 6:00-8:00 p.m. 
Location: Richland Academy 
11570 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3N7

Read: Aesthetic codes in early childhood classrooms: What art educators can learn from Reggio Emilia by Patricia Tarr (print pdf here)


We will be building on August's discussion on planning and the learning environment.  Try to bring some documentation of how your students have interacted within your carefully created space of possibilities! 

You are also welcome to share some of your inquiry work (can bring documentation or share a story). We will try to study the pedagogical documentation that you bring (photo, transcription of student talk, work samples from inquiry work).



ALL ARE WELCOME - NEW & OLD MEMBERS - NO RSVP REQUIRED!

If you are committed to this #CTInquiry network and would like to be part of the first planning committee to make decisions about future sessions and initiatives please email me.  Then we can select a time and place for our first meeting!




Otherwise...

If you are attending future events and would like to help with any of the following:

  • hosting a future session
  • providing snacks
  • arriving earlier to guide participants to our meeting room
  • donating a book or gift for the classroom we visit
  • co-facilitating the discussion in person or during our Twitterchats
  • setting up a provocation using something you tried in your own context (optional: with documentation)
  • presenting a project or strategy that you are proud of or that you feel the group would benefit from
  • sharing a new professional resource
  • recommending articles that are available online for us to read at future meetings
  • offering other ideas, events, locations, etc. for #CTInquiry 


This is our network, so please consider getting involved! You may let me know via email ([email protected]) and we can make arrangements! 


A huge thank you is extended to everyone who made the Summer social so much fun!  I sincerely didn't want to leave or stop colouring for that matter!






For information regarding future #CTInquiry meetings, online chats, or to download all the readings ahead of time, please click here.

Again a reminder that our August 24th date is a special planning session. We are visiting an inspiring play and inquiry-based company to explore their products.  The spaces will be limited to 30 participants, and a RSVP will be required.    See above for the complete instructions!





Imagine

with all your mind.

Believe

with all your heart.

Achieve

with all your might!

                                                                                           -Unknown author

#CTInquiry visits Moraine Hills P.S. and Summer Info.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016



My apologies for taking a short break from blogging...  Literally right after I submitted my final assignments and prepared for the blog bonanza giveaway I became completely absorbed in planning my son's baptism.

Last month we visited Trista Dutt and Rose Marcelli's classroom at Moraine Hills P.S. (YRDSB).  Our #CTInquiry network was still buzzing with new ideas, even during the very busy end of school year time.  To be quite honest, I was taken by the commitment to learning, especially in the heat!

I have visited this space several times, and each occasion brings forth new ways for thinking about classroom design, materials, projects, and planning.







Here is the snapchat story that I created that night in the moment:




I almost didn't make our discussion, as my summer course had been earlier that afternoon at York University!  Needless to say, the timing worked out and we had a lovely discussion using the article Reggio Emilia As Cultural Activity Theory in Practice by Rebecca S. New.


Here is a peek into the Kindie Korner:


























































Next week (Wednesday, July 27th, 2016) we will be having our Summer Social at the North Thornhill Community Centre - 300 Pleasant Ridge Avenue.  Our meeting will be held during the same time, as our other sessions (6:00-8:00 p.m.).

If you are interested in attending this session, there are only spaces available for 30 participants.  We will be co-constructing our creative learning environment for some adult colouring and will also enjoy a potluck dinner.

For this reason you will be asked to follow these steps:

2) Indicate whether you have attended any CTInquiry sessions this year.  I will cross reference my attendance list and give you priority.

If you are unable to attend this session, we will have another one in August with a slightly different format.  You can also follow along and colour in your own home while tagging photos to #CTInquiry hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.  Of course I will be using Snapchat live for those who are using this social media platform.




If you are attending future events and would like to help with any of the following:

  • hosting a future session
  • providing snacks
  • arriving earlier to guide participants to our meeting room
  • donating a book or gift for the classroom we visit
  • co-facilitating the discussion in person or during our Twitterchats
  • setting up a provocation using something you tried in your own context (optional: with documentation)
  • presenting a project or strategy that you are proud of or that you feel the group would benefit from
  • sharing a new professional resource
  • recommending articles that are available online for us to read at future meetings
  • offering other ideas, events, locations, etc. for #CTInquiry 


This is our network, so please consider getting involved! You may let me know via email ([email protected]) and we can make arrangements! 


A huge thank you is extended to our inspiring hosts, Trista and Rose.  I hope to return in the Fall with the Kindergarten AQ course!





For information regarding future #CTInquiry meetings, online chats, or to download all the readings ahead of time, please click here.

Again a reminder that our July 27th date is a special Summer social. I have rented a space within an art room of a community centre for a creative adult colouring experience.  The spaces will be limited to 30 participants, and a RSVP will be required.  See above for the complete instructions!


Reggio Emilia is a living and breathing example 

of the Italian tradition of experimentation and 
innovation, 

and the benefits of hard work, courage, and collaborative inquiry 

in constructing meaningful interpretations of a quality education.

                                                                                              -Rebecca S. New

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