12 Days of Dreaming: Week 2 Recap and Week 3 Preview #12DOD

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Well, week two is in the books and just like that we are heading into the final week of the 12 Days of Dreaming. Thank you again to our amazing guest bloggers, our readers, those who shared out the post, and those who commented! What good are dreams if we don't share them with others and pursue them with all of our might?

Week 2

The week started off with an amazing post from Josh Stumpenhorst! I get excited every time I read it. 
This is my hope… the day when we will stand together as parents, teachers, and students and know that learning will one day be free. It will be free of curriculum, free of standardized testing, free of grading, free of unhealthy competition, free of financial restraints, free of textbooks, and free to be whatever the learners need and when they need it.
It is my hope that we push and fight for this! This is the message we need to be pushing in our schools and our community. It's one that we should fight for in our classroom. Those of us who are also parents, should be seeking this for our own children. Thank you Josh for capturing my dreams!

One of the things I have enjoyed the most about this project is just seeing how creative people are when they write. My good friend Shira Leibowitz took a great approach to her dream. I love how gave us insight into her personal journey as a learner. I think we can all learn from that. I think teachers are at their best when they are sharing their personal journey with their students. Dr. Leibowitz captures the shift we need to see in this paragraph.
We’ll need to envision education anew - shifting our focus from teaching to learning; from curriculum to feedback on practice; from standards to core values. These shifts will require us to think differently about potential ways of utilizing learning spaces, schedules, personnel, student groupings, and technology in order to improve the quality of learning. The possibilities are limited only by our imaginations and will require collaborative, creative exploration and dreaming.
There are so many blog post we can branch out of this paragraph. However, it's not overwhelming when we take her advice and we strive for "collaborative, creative exploration, and dreaming."

Next we had Allie Holland reminding us what education is really all about, relationships. I can't say enough good things about Allie. Even though I have not known her for very long, I know she is a passionate and compassionate learner.
Moments that remind us why we teach are what we need to focus on; not the pile of papers we have to fill out or the other requirements that come bombarding our way. It’s very hard to see beyond all of this many times, but our students deserve our best, no matter what.
Thank you Allie for reminding us to look past the bureaucracy of education and to focus on what matters most!

Finally we got to end the week with a double post from Mr. & Mrs. TeacherCast. Jeff has been a great friend to me. I'm not sure there is a person who works harder at delivering great content to educators than Jeff. Jennifer is a great educator and an awesome wife for listening to her husband record countless podcast. ;) Jeff talked to us about redesigning the media hub of a school and Jennifer talked about music education.
I firmly believe that there needs to be a distinction in schools between a Media Center and a Library. A Library is a place for books.  It is concept as old as the books themselves.  It is a place for students to sit down with physical materials, put their thoughts on paper and learn.  It is a one-way place for knowledge.  For more than 100 years, students have entered libraries to take knowledge away from pieces of paper that have all the answers in the world.  The Media Center, however, is a place for students to sit down and not only gain knowledge, but share it as well.  
Jeff's point is clear. We need design schools that encourage and empower collaboration!
I wear many hats as a professional musician and educator. Those terms are interchangeable for me. As a musician, you innately teach and as an educator you create and change the people around you. My daily goal is to teach, perform, and learn with my students as if I had my ideal classroom.
You can feel Jennifer's passion for music education. It always breaks my heart when I hear of schools cutting the fine arts. It's such a great opportunity for our students to express and find themselves.

Week 3 Preview

We are going to finish strong next week with post from Shelley Wright, John Spencer, Brian Bennett, and the collaborative team of Cheryl Morris & Andrew Thomasson!

Finally we will have a 1 time #12DOD chat Thursday, December 20th, at 7:30 PM EST! We will be discussing how to make our dreams a reality! 

Thank you so much for taking part in week 2 of the 12 Days of Dreaming!

Dream on!