Breaking through the classroom walls!
I am a “lerd”. You may be thinking to yourself, “What in the WORLD is a LERD?” Well … it is the affectionate label my husband has given to me. “Learning Nerd” is what it technically stands for, and although I have always thought of myself as a life long learner, LERD is somehow more appropriate. My name is Laurie Renton. I have taught elementary school for 28 years, and cannot imagine a better or more rewarding profession. After all, what BETTER place exists for continued life long learning, being continually inspired, for asking questions, and for being able to say “I don’t know … let’s find out!” Technology, teaching and learning float my boat. I LOVE the journey.
I have SO much gratitude for the seeds that our “one time only” Peruvian Video Conference with Tim planted. Not only did it ignite a passionate fire for our students, turning them into “change makers”, it helped us all to discover the power of blogging – sharing, learning and growing with a global audience.
I feel blessed to be able to say that this blog, which began as a pilot project for the 2011 – 2012 school year, up and running with students in February 2012, has been granted permission to continue for the 2014 – 2015 school year! I can not wait to see where our new Grade Three Bloggers take us!
September 2011 – June 2012:
Embracing an Amazing Journey
My name is Tannis Emann and until June 2011 I was a Technology Learning Leader at our school. This school year I am on a professional leave to be a student again. I am a grad student at the University of Saskatchewan (learning online from my home in Calgary) working on my Master’s in Education in Educational Technology and Design. As teachers involved in the Peru Project, Laurie and I saw the power of creating deep connections beyond the walls of our classroom. We witnessed the change in our students’ engagement level in the curriculum. The project also ignited a genuine passion in our students to bring about a positive change in the world. As we planned for this school year we knew we could not let this project fade away. There is so much more to this journey and we know we want to build on what we accomplished last year. We embark on the second year of the Peru Project with a desire to expand the technology embedded in this work, a deeper understanding as educators about global citizenship, and a continued passion for the richness of this learning experience. (tme)