|Ms. Sarah Hunter||
Quote: "In communities, people learn in order to belong. In a collective, people belong in order to learn. Communities derive their strength from creating a sense of belonging, while collectives derive theirs from participation." I had never made this distinction before, so this quote was very helpful in separating the two.
Question: How can I foster an attitude of learning as a collective in my students?
Connection: Our community of teacher candidates is, in fact, a collective. We are all participating, and we are here to learn with and from each other.
Epiphany: A school and its students are primed to function as a collective. All it will take is a shift in where the emphasis on learning is placed and it could happen.
Quote: "The collective is, in the most basic sense, a group constantly playing with and reimagining its own identity."
Question: How do I measure the work and learning of my students if they are operating in the spirit of a collective, where there is constant change and reimagining?
Connection: I think that the idea of a collective would be very helpful for English learners and students with special needs.
Epiphany: I belong to many collectives that I never stopped and realized I did. As a student, as a teacher, as a mom...
Quote: "Students learn best when they are able to follow their passion and operate within the constraints of a bounded environment." I love the sounds of this, but wonder about how to truly implement it.
Question: If we differentiate to this extent, where ever student is learning according their own individual passions, how can I as a teacher match this level of differentiation with the "constraints of a bounded environment?"
Connection: As I mentioned above, to me this is Tomlinson's theory of differentiation in it's most idyllic form.
Epiphany: I'm an indweller!