Monday, 14 September 2015

sparKtalK5 Vlog Intro

 So, there's this Master's project I'm working on and it's kind of timely because I just started a brand-new position in my school district. First things first: the position. I'm teaching in an alternative education program that brings together students in grades 3-8 who are looking for an alternative to the regular school format. It's meant to be a flexible learning environment where learners can focus on passion driven curriculum that encompasses an inquiry approach. 
     Coming from a SpEd background, I'm diving in to this having very limited exposure to inquiry learning, multi-age groupings, and personalized learning, never mind the fact that I haven't had my own full group of kids--a "class" as it's commonly known--in a very long time. I'm feeling like I'm going to need a lot of help. I'm calling on my personal learning network and professional peers to please support me and allow me access to your expertise, ideas and experiences as I move through this educational journey.
     I'm going to be posting (at the very least) weekly vlog posts to share out my "What" (as in what's been going on), "So What" (what I need, what I want, what I don't know, what I need help with, etc), and "Now What" (my action plan if I've been able to formulate one, but the "now what" may need to come through the collaborative cycle). What I need from others is your comments, your thoughts, your ideas, your experiences, your questions, your sharing, your suggestions, your CONTRIBUTIONS to my blog. I want to engage with you and learn with you/from you. Please tune in, follow the #talk<5 on Twitter (and me, @spedlearner) while I bravely soldier ahead in what feels like a very scary venture.


  1. Congratulations on your initiative and courage - putting your professional reflections and wonderings 'out there', seeking support from others. I'll stay tuned and hope to learn along with you in this journey.

  2. Thanks for the encouragement! So far, it's intimidating and really hard to be trying to do something and learn about it at the same time! I really appreciate the support! :)