In the article from eschool News, A Different Kind of "flipped" learning: Students Teaching Students, I was compelled to write a reflection about beginning this M.E.T. degree and how it relates to my philosophy and the direction in which I am striving for in my own teaching of children.
John Dewey, an insightful man, I believed has helped me form my ideas about teaching in the 21st Century. He states that education and learning are a social and interactive process that students need to be a part of as well as be responsible of their own learning. The teacher is a facilitator or curator of learning, not a "controller" of learning. This enables students to use inquiry based learning, collaboration of ideas, and be engaged in the learning process.
As I continue this adventure in the M.E.T. program, I know how much learning I will be doing of others. So in advance, let me thank all students who post their activities early to give me more examples of expectations. I learn from those posts and comments and it helps me be successful in each class.
This year as I continue my approach to a Blended Classroom, I will continue by love of blogging with my students as a class and individually and will increase my instructional level to be more inquiry based. Please visit my classroom blog, to see the progression of blogging from September to May. You are also welcome to my resources that I used to teach others at our Highway21 Tech Conference in our district.
Learning from each other is so very valuable in a program like the M.E.T. and also valuable in my own classroom with my 2nd graders.