Our Board has created and embraced this Transforming Learning Everywhere (T.L.E.) Model that includes transforming classrooms, relationships, and learning opportunities. While I’ve often considered this model through the structure and learning that can happen within the school environment, last night I was reminded that it can be so much more than that.
Recently, I spoke to a parent about her child’s reading at school. She mentioned a few different observations that she has at home. I explained that with Growing Success: The Kindergarten Addendum, these home examples can actually act as examples for the Communication of Learning. I made note of the information that this mom shared with me with this very thought in mind. But then she surprised me in the most wonderful of ways.
Just before I shut down my computer last night, this mom emailed me two video clips of her child reading at home. She said that she would welcome any feedback or suggestions for next steps. How wonderful! I listened to both clips, noted some observations, wrote down a couple of questions, and emailed mom back with some suggestions for future home reading options. This parent quickly wrote me back, answered my questions, and explained that she would try some of the ideas I shared.
This story really highlighted for me how technology helps bridge the connection between home and school. Thanks to this mom, I was able to see the reading that happened at home, provide feedback based on actual observations, and work with parents on possible next steps. Thanks to the sharing of quick video clips, home examples are not just confined to the “home” anymore, just like with the use of a blog, school examples are not just confined to the “school.” The learning environment truly goes beyond the classroom walls and becomes a merge of “home” and “school.” I wonder how we can further harness the power of this to benefit kids. What have others tried? This mom yesterday helped me realize just what “everywhere” in the T.L.E. Model can mean and now I wonder what more is possible.