Making New Partnerships: When Educators Learn Together

Working with new partners broadens your horizons. Holly and I met Randy Depew first in digital spaces working with KQED Letters to the President materials. We had some quick emails but were looking forward to working with him face to face. It is interesting this digital world that can isolate people can also build relationships. I posted our presentation here, check out all the great things available from KQED, all of them FREE, the favorite four letter word of educators. Truly some great stuff.

When we met Randy yesterday morning, I knew right away it was going to be a fun day to present. He was relaxed, and funny and made us all feel at ease.screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-7-05-28-am You never know when you are put together with someone to present how it will go, and we had a great time. How can you not like someone who takes notes┬álike this during a long winded speech from a state politician? We talked about it at dinner. I asked how he learned to draw like that, he said he does it to focus his listening in large groups. When he is in that large group lecture environment, he has to draw because he can’t focus otherwise. He would be thinking of ways to keep still, and the sketching allows for movement without being noticed by others. He says he doesn’t plan what he is going to draw, they just appear, how cool is that? And then I think of my students, several I have gotten a sketchbook because they too need to doodle or sketch to focus in class, and I smile because I can now see their future.

Not all conferences are great, but this one truly is a great learning experience. I haven’t done a lot of work with the California Subject Matter Project, but I plan on doing more. It is great to have integrated content people all working together on educational and equity issues for kids. All the presentations have been full of practical ideas and great discussions. I look forward to this morning as well.

Here are a few more glimpses into the day. Happy Wednesday!

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