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TCPCG2011 | Week 3 = WOW!

June 16, 2010

Shock and awe.

I was completely invigorated today by the students’ passionate engagement with this week’s curriculum. The topics of the week were emotion, motivation, and how the two work together to influence learning. Additionally, we explored Deci & Ryan’s self-determination theory. AND added to the mix a multi-faceted exploration of several learner differences that could potentially influence motivation and learning.

The students worked minds-on and hands-on all day. The outcome of their individual and collective learning can be found at

  1. Podcasts providing an overview of various learner characteristics (e.g., partial deafness, ADHD, talented and gifted)
  2. Individual blog posts critically reflecting, praising, and questioning Vicki Davis aka @coolcatteacher‘s pedagogy (as demonstrated in her edutopia video) in relation to how she promotes her own students’ self-determination

The highlight of my day came when Vicki actively engaged in the students’ exploration of self-determination theory via commenting on my students’ blog posts. She responded to many of their inquiries and today she posted about the students’ work on her own blog, The Cool Cat Teacher blog. How cool is that?

I told the students yesterday when we saw Vicki’s comments beginning to appear on a couple of blogs, “great teachers are always great teachers.” It doesn’t matter who the students are, where they are, or what they are learning; if they are actively engaged in critically examining the world around them, a great teacher will meet them where they are and contribute to their learning. Vicki’s participation in our class yesterday was an excellent example of this quality in great teachers.

By providing my students (preservice teachers) access to my own personal learning network (built via Twitter @DrGarcia) I am able to bridge between the world of theory and practice in a tangible way. Mind you, this only works when practicing teachers and other educators are willing and able to meet us on the bridge.

If you would like to be a part of our learning community, and actively influence the frameworks of a new generation of teachers, then check out our class wiki and the students’ blogs (Group 1 and Group 2).  See y0u on the bridge!

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  1. June 18, 2010 7:02 pm

    Thank you so much for including me in the learning by tweeting me and I hope that your students see the power of connecting directly. They should never fear but reach out – you never know what will happen. It happened to me just today when I had tweeted about a great book by Mark Hurst – Bit Literacy and he tweeted me directly! It was so cool! The “new” never wears off but I hope they can understand the world is flattened and those who succeed are those who connect with others!

    Thank you so much!

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