Let’s do this thing

Six teachers got together at lunch today to discuss how we’re going to roll this out next year. Six super motivated teachers.

What is this thing? We’re ready to bring blogging to the rest of their classes. They’ve blogged in their English classes; we’re ready to roll it out across (some of) the rest of their classes.

A rising tide floats all boats

Barreiro by Paulo Valdivieso
Barreiro by Paulo Valdivieso

We’re hoping to be a rising tide, one that floats more and more teachers in this direction. We’re hoping to create a community of learners who try, fail, and try again in a safe and public environment with authentic tasks. We’re hoping to get kids excited about sharing their ideas. We’re hoping to create empathy for each other within our school. We’re hoping to create an atmosphere where ideas abound and tolerance is the norm. We’re hoping to grow together.

Better late than never

I have no doubt that things are going to change. That we will (finally?) bring our school into the 21st century. There is no way this won’t happen with this much passion and inspiration. I feel a change in the air.  Feel that something better is coming.

There's got to be a better way by Valerie Koch
There’s got to be a better way

What will it look like? I have no idea yet, but I know it’s got to be better than this. Authentic experiences and projects, making, launching, sharing are the antithesis to the final exam experience.

Passion, excitement, possibilities, inspiration…their palpable at our school right now.


What’s it going to take to get you to join in?

Thank you to Flicker for the images.

Cover: Spiral of Hands by lostintheredwoods.


One thought on “Let’s do this thing

  1. Hi Valerie,

    Congratulations! I hope you have much success with this next year. Remember you already have great student advocates on campus who have developed thoughtful and articulate blogs–use them to encourage other students. Nothing beats students mentoring other students. This is a wonderful way to get parents involved too–‘adopt a blog’ via PTA is a quick and easy way to get students more readership.
    #kindling #EagleEd #leaps #kettlebellforthemind
    Good luck!
    Kind Regards,


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