where they belong

May 13, 2008

I took a few days away… wrapping up my 2 sections of a face to face class. As I return, steeped in face to face planning and pedagogy, I return to thoughts of how I can best take the quality of interaction, collaboration and learning on ground and bring it into the online classroom. There is a richness when students come together and create something as a group. The work they do to explain their thinking, generate new ideas and synthesize those ideas into something to bring forward and stimulate further conversation in class is powerful.

And the ways that they do it, the tools that they use, the fact that they are expected to do this is assumed. As they are focused on the communication and the experience, the methods and support structures melt into the background… where they belong.

Where. They. Belong.

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