Jun 14
Reflections on Another Year of Teaching for Learning

I'm currently coaching both of my daughters' soccer teams: one team is 7- and 8-year-old girls; the other is 5- and 6-year-old girls and boys. For the younger team, the children are playing soccer and chasing butterflies and watching planes and picking dandelions. Think of my role as herding cats.

But, I love it! The interesting thing about coaching this age is that I can't do it effectively from the side line. I have to participate. I have to demonstrate and model each skill and drill; I have to run with the kids when we play the game. And, that's how I develop relationships with the kids.

The same is true in the classroom. The same is true of this blog.

For the past week we have been privileged to share some lessons learned from this blog at two conferences. However, we are ever mindful that this blog would have little impact without you – those who read it, think about it, discuss it, and comment on it. Some, we hope, even try out the shared practices.

So, here is just a sample of things we've learned from our colleagues this year:

Thank you for another year of teaching for learning. Have a wonderful summer! We'll see you again on Friday, August 23rd.

Sincerely, Janine and Amanda


Please join me in thanking ...

Please join me in thanking Janine and Amanda for all their great work on Faculty Fridays! You two rock!
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  • Andrew Warren
 on 6/14/2019 8:59 AM

Thanks for doing this. Plea...

Thanks for doing this. Please keep it up.
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  • Brian Harrison
 on 6/14/2019 9:05 AM

Amanda and Janine, I took t...

Amanda and Janine, I took the opportunity to go back and read your first Faculty Fridays blog post of August 30, 2017 in which you outlined your objectives for this very valuable and inspiring project. All I can say is that I think you've far surpassed your original vision. The writing is concise, engaging and informative and, while I haven't embraced every idea and application you've presented, this blog has definitely made me think about methods and tools I can use to be a better instructor and colleague.
Thanks for your commitment and hard work! I look forward to future issues.
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  • Harv Mock
 on 6/14/2019 9:09 AM

I had to back track a littl...

I had to back track a little! I'm still getting re-involved in college life after being gone for a year.

I have gotten some really neat ideas from Faculty Fridays. I may not always comment but I have certainly learned a lot.

Re-climatizing to the college life has been rewarding and fun. Thank you Janine and Amanda for all you do!
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  • Andrea McCann-Suchower
 on 6/14/2019 11:24 AM

Thank you Janine and Amanda...

Thank you Janine and Amanda.  Reading this blog is always on my Friday to-do list because it re-fills my tank just a bit, and because I crave the re-focus it supplies.  Please keep sharing the good teaching efforts and strategies that you are finding around the college.  This blog is very much appreciated.
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  • Aubrey S Doerksen
 on 6/14/2019 1:50 PM

Amanda and Janine, taking t...

Amanda and Janine, taking this project on and ensuring the content is pertinent and meaningful, is definitely been something to be proud of. I learn something every time I read it--it confirms ideas I may already have or introduces me to something new. Thank you so much for being leaders in our RRC community (and beyond!).
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  • Jayne M Geisel
 on 6/14/2019 2:44 PM

I'm finally getting an oppo...

I'm finally getting an opportunity to read and comment on last week's blog! Along with everyone else, my thanks to you both and all of the commentators for the input on the art of teaching. It has become my weekly nudge to continue good teaching practices and remember that learners are why we are here. Thanks so much and I wish everyone a peaceful and happy summer!
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  • Ruth Lindsey-Armstrong
 on 6/20/2019 8:04 AM