Everyday, educators are sharing their positive teaching and learning experiences with each other via the WhatIsYourEduWin.com website and the #EduWin hashtag on Twitter. You may be wondering… what is an #EduWin? An #EduWin can happen any time someone takes education forward. It is a way to celebrate all the fabulous things that are taking place in the world of education every day! So far, educators from all over the globe are sharing a daily #EduWin, and it is inspiring to read each and every one of them. (You can read all about how #EduWin came to be here!)
With the start of the new year, I have been trying to think about some innovative reflection techniques to bring into the classroom. The teacher in me knows that it is crucial for students to always be an active participant in the learning process, which includes reflection. I’m always trying to come up with new ways to incorporate that piece. I think it is incredibly important to celebrate both successes and failures with students everyday. It is even better when they can verbalize their own successes and failures, because I know that’s where honest learning comes into play. So for the second half of this school year, I have decided that I will be asking my students to share their own EduWin daily. I want to give them a few minutes every day that is dedicated to reflecting on their own individual learning. By sharing their own EduWin with their peers, I am hoping that it will also inspire other students, just as I am inspired by other educators’ EduWins.
There are many ways for students to start sharing their own EduWins, and I am still deciding on which method I will be using in my classroom. Here are a few ideas that I have been thinking about:
- Use the website WhatIsYourEduWin.com to tweet from a classroom Twitter account, or students’ personal Twitter accounts
- Make a classroom bulletin board where students add a thought bubble with their EduWin everyday
- Write a classroom EduWin journal with daily entries (it can even be anonymous!)
- Photograph an EduWin and use the Project 365 app or website to track their daily EduWin
- Create a Posterous blog where students email their daily EduWin to a website
I know that there are numerous ways that the EduWin experience can seep into our classrooms and benefit our students; I will have to continue to think about what will work best for my students. And whichever option I choose, I know I will be sharing their #EduWins via WhatIsYourEduWin.com. Please feel free to help me brainstorm and add to the list!