OSSEMOOC Update 2015-2-24

We will be taking a break from the traditional Tuesday night open mic professional learning discussion tonight (Feb. 24th, 2015).

We encourage you to:

    • take a moment to tell someone about OSSEMOOC and invite them to participate.
    • connect a colleague to an OSSEMOOC resource that is the right entry point for them
    • comment on a blog post
    • write a blog post
    • share what you would like to learn [here] to assist us with planning

Some exciting updates regarding our March plans will be posted shortly!



Reflecting on Teachers as Researchers

The OSSEMOOC “open mic” discussion tonight will continue our dialog on professional learning with a focus on reflections from Dean Shareski’s presentation: Teachers as Researchers.

Background materials for the discussion are listed in a previous OSSEMOOC blog post [here].

We hope you can join us at 8:00 p.m. EST (2015-02-18). The meeting room will be open as of 7:30 pm EST Click here to join.


Growing Your Professional Learning

Over the last few weeks the OSSEMOOC community has explored various aspects of Professional Learning through our “open mic” discussion sessions, tweets and posts. We have captured the rich conversations in a series of recordings for you to watch for the first time,  revisit and share.

1. Thinking About Professional Learning

2. Creating Conditions For Learning for All

3. Teachers as Researchers with Dean Shareski exploring compelling reasons to share.

We also include this insightful video from Dean’s presentation.

We look forward to your ongoing reflections on this important topic.


February 10: OSSEMOOC presents “Teacher as Researcher” with Dean Shareski

Upcoming OSSEMOOC live conversations:


February 10:

Dean Shareski:  “Teacher as Researcher”

In a world of constant flux and change, waiting for the white paper on “best practice” may not be the best way for teachers to stay innovative and provide the best experience for students. What is the role of teacher as researcher? What does or could it look like to be in a state of perpetual experimentation?

February 10, 2015 8 p.m. EST – 9 p.m. EST

Please use this link to enter the synchronous meeting room any time after 7:30 p.m.:
OSSEMOOC presents Dean Shareski.

Please sign up for this event using the form below:

February 3, 2015: Creating Healthy Conditions for Learning (For Everyone)

Note: Please be sure to read the summary of our thinking from January 27 (below)

It’s February!

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This is a great time to check in on your #onewordONT for 2015.  How are you doing?  Are you being true to your word in your practice?  We’d love to chat about your progress.

This week, we will also continue our conversation around deep professional learning.  Our lead question is,

What does it look like when we create “Healthy Conditions for Learning” for students and adults in our buildings?

It comes from the work of Kristen Swanson.  It would be helpful if you could read her blog post before our session together.  From Kristen, here are the 5 prompt questions from her session at Educon:

1. Student achievement is most influenced by classroom practice, and classroom practice is most influenced by teacher learning. Do you agree with this? Do you have evidence to support your belief?

2. Are teachers learners? Are teachers encouraged to be learners?

3. Does the typical model of PD support learning?

4. What if the only PD ever offered by a school was “How to Learn Something When You Want to Know Something?”

5. What do well designed learning experiences for adults look like?

Please join us [here] after 7:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 to share your thinking on these questions.