What do you believe?
That’s the question / make this week for our #clmooc. I was honored to participate in the Hangout on Monday with an amazing group of educators. The Make With Me hangout discussed credos, featuring +TERRY ELLIOTT +Chris Lawrence +Chad Sansing +Bart Miller +Sheri Edwards and +Kevin Hodgson, check out the archive video and chat. I was nervous, and Terry did a great job facilitating, with help from others monitoring the chat. When you listen, you will here how we are all working in the #clmooc at our own pace, that we could be activists for our school to make changes, that what we do is a work in progress. For your credo, we talked about going with your gut, personalize it, and think about your students. Lots of great info.
How do you start writing a credo? I’ve always tried to connect my beliefs about education and learners to the vision of where I work. Here’s a page on how I connect our school’s mission statement to my own pedagogy. It seemed important to me to reflect on how what I do connects to our mission — how I make our mission happen. I read that before I started writing and after I read all the terrific examples provided by our facilitators for this week.
But then I asked myself, what is most important to me? At the top if this page is a motto I follow. So what does that mean? After talking to Terry (tweets) I created this video:
But guess what? It’s only remixable in Popcorn! I wanted it to be simple and clean, but represent what I know from my experience to be so important when working with middle school kids.
This is supposed to be connected learning! However, the credo is YOURS, so create away!
Remember, go with your heart, try to consider the three elements of connected learning: equity, full participation, and social connectedness or social embeddedness.
I went back to the drawing board and listed what I believed in again. It depends on the context that you frame it. Here are ideas in a reflection from #etmooc. And– here’s my popcorn video taken from parts of my list, rearranged according to the three elements. It flows better with “I believe…” I wish the music would play through, though, and not stop at the pauses. And it’s still not right. It’s still too much, don’t you think?
But think about it: I’m doing all the things we want, we need, kids to do: think, plan, try, test, share, revise, review, think, plan, organize, share, try, test, review, revise, repeat. Add, delete, substitute, elaborate, illustrate, explain. Get the message clear. And that takes time, and with connections and feedback, it improves.
How will you create a concise credo to reflect connected learning?
A lot to think about, but then there’s this:
Just start with this and write…
I found an amazing pianist on SoundCloud: GracieGoose and her composition for a Main Theme: Short Film I used in the Popcord Credo, but you’ll want to here it without interruptions.