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Bunch of us hang on the hashtag and a frequent topic.

There are articles in Hybrid Pedagogy that may also help.

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Now look around country and union demands around reopening and remote teaching have nothing to do with science, positivity rates, or good remote pedagogy.

We bow have proof schhols built to serve adults and warehouse children

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Five Reasons I chose to Carve a Spoon as My Subjective's Metaphor #OpenPedagogy #digped

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In my previous post I shared pictures of a hand carved spoon I am shaping from wood. I used this tool as a metaphor to explore my goals for . Got me thinking about what would the shape of the sotry be if I stretched the metaphor just a little too far.

Knowledge isn't Spoon Fed

In this class you design your syllabus, well the important parts. I still curate materials and facilitate discussions.

Open pedagogy draws heavily on principles woven into feminism and critical theory. in the sense of striving for the better (hooks, 1994); of seeing growth as a community process rather than a taxonomy of skills aquisition (Weber, 2006).

Many of us gather on a quilt Dave Cormierย  (2015) calls "Community is the Curriculum" which we hold together through intentionaly equitable hospitality. In this class I want us to cook together. Bring in our own flavors to a shared table.

Learning is Messy

We often cast learning in such clinical terms. Our students need an "intervention." Growth requires "diagnostic" assessment. A nice easdy picture cleaned with the medical precision of a septic wipe.

Open pedagogy also draws on ideas of rhizomatic learning. We waste so much time and treasur measuring and sorting children. I would rather double down on reinforcing classroom practices that we know have positive impacts.

I believe the space of learning and not the learner is the variable of interest that should draw your focus. What can you do better to let your students make a mess as you create a community of readers and writers?

Learning Takes Deliberate Planning, Action, and Reflection

Open Pedagogy gets driven by those who learn out loud. By that I mean we share our reflections, openly blog throughout the design practice, often create content for the Commons, and encourage our students to do the same.

When you make learning visibile (Hattie) you help students grow. When you encourage students to that from a place they can call their own you help them be.

In this class you control your level of openess and privacy. You can share only in our private Microsoft Teams channels or publicly by publishing on your own website.

Play With Knives

Imagine walking into your principles office and suggesting giving out knives to all the eigh year olds. Think it will fly?

Why not?

I have taught so many children ages 6-10 to play with knives in cub scouts. I am happy my kids can, with supervision, sit outside and play with knives

We shelter our children from too many complex tools and topics. I believe we must engage students in critical issues for change from a Vygotoskian dialectical perspecticve.

In this class we will explore the relationship of open pedagogy, privacy, and strategy exchange amongst our peers as you folks work toward your subjectives.

Know the Right Amount of Pressure

If you look closely at where my spoon is and where I planned it to be you will see they are not alike. I say I am trying to break from my love of symmetrical design, others will call it a lack of skill. Either way, many times when I press too hard the wood cracked.

Learning works this way. We need to rethink assessment and the pressures we put on children. As Sean Michael Morris and Jessie Stommel ask us, "How do we measure the love of learning?"

In this class I hope to leave that question unanswered as we all try a little bit better tomorrow all figuring it out.

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Oops this is this year's addition, while I loved my class on open pedagogy and connected learning teachers wanted more explicit instructional design training:

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Not sure the CDC knows much about pedagogy and wrote recommendations based on science (except for testing part) but all desk in one way, kids in just one class, masks 9-3 for 5-7 year Olds.... That sounds horrible.

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Thank your for pushing back against racist and colonial views @ilana_horn. Pedagogy can BE both effective and racist. A poem I wrote for all the kids living through the tyranny of TLAC classrooms:

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OG students-originial students? or that a level on Fountas & Pinnel scale? Yes can have wonderful pedagogy in groups determined by reading level but you are getting zero pedagogical benefit from leveling, evidence suggest opposite

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@rpondiscio Still waiting on, "anticipated re-opening schemes" before making those calls, but not sure how much the pedagogy changes....CT going with something called HyFlex, sounds like pipe dream

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LRA Research to Practice Episode - Critical Race Theory - YouTube

Allission Skerret:

we are all racialized people and live racialized lives even when doing work to understand racism.


From a pragmatic demision: demographics are changing dramatically in schoolls while teaches will be white and female. We need ways to talk about race, when teachers come with priviliedge. In this conversation race matters.

1970-1098 we see research that race didn't matter. Then Cornell write Race Matters. Critical Race theory is an understanding that race matters in school.

The other reason is critical race theory at this moment, when we talk about neoliberalism, they try to move past race to "color blindness" that leaves barriers in place.

We define success on terms that delte race. CRT says we can't delete race and doing so leaves us with more structural inequity.


CRT may not be approchable in EDU 101, but cultural relevant pedagogy and how to respond to neoliberal theory that is how you embed it. CRT is a framework for analysis to develop the ideas that teachers see.

In a court case you had two different side and you look at the fact and the judge and jury would see the same thing. in 1910-1930 critical legal theory said court is "two stories, better story wins"

Years later people came to this as this is important but the missing story is race.

This came to CRT out of Derrick Bell and his students. Billings and Tate then hopped on from the education side.

Everything is a story. A counter narrative means there is a master narrative. That is the matrix we live in. Counter narratives challenge the master narrative.


African Proverb: Until the lion learns to write the history of the jungle will be written by the hunter. The master narrative erases the narrative of those who can not tell their stories.


This is an attainable part of the curriculum. You just have to give children the space to tell their story. Draw ont heir own language, their culture, their racial understanding. This can be the backbone of a readers and writers workshop


You metnion CRT as a hueristic for 1st year teachers but may feel more comfortbale with culturally relevant approaches....We need to tease out the difference between CRT versus culturally proactive education or multiculturually approach....I would like us to talk about what it means for CRT as a potential for instructional approaches


It gets back to master/counter narrative. CRT came into education in 1980 and 1990s multicultural education wasn't radical enough. Need something more than just heroes and holidays. Calling things critical "Magic C" you are calling back to Marx and the Frankfurt school.

In our founding documents I am worth 60% more than others. CRT needs to be radical.


mulitculturalism is concerned with cultural pluralism, CRT is concerend with race. We can not conflate race and culture. It dimishes the significance of race. It suggest their are hierarchical and subcultures.

We are talking about all the falvors and layers and complex webbing that create inequity. the power of CRt at is must interesting nexus is putting everything under a critique with race at the center.

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Any remote PD must begin with pedagogy. Just facilitated the Online Teaching Academy at @SCSU and now we are developing a course for all the curriculum directors and assistant superintendents in State of CT.


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