Sharing Your Narrative

Dear Educator,

I’m writing to invite you to share a story or set of resources on our new site for educators! Stories are going to be posted in our new blog, which is called “Learning Narratives”.

If you’d like to see the site, you can visit: https://learningnarratives.wordpress.com

Please note that you will be asked to sign our Media and Intellectual Property Release Form.

Background Information

Learning Narratives is designed to be a set of stories about Maine schools and educators who are leveraging technology for better student outcomes. The stories are designed to recognize the great work in Maine schools and to inspire other educators with ideas they could use in their classrooms. We hope that other teachers and schools can learn from those narratives and share feedback and resources with each other. It is also be an opportunity for the Department to gain awareness of and give some sort of recognition to all the positive things that are happening in our schools.

Guidelines

  1. If you draft your story, I can format it and put it on the Learning Narratives site for you to review before it’s made public.
  2. Your narrative should be no longer than two single spaced pages or 5 – 7 minutes if you make a video.
  3. Images or links to resources or artifacts help tell your story. Note that if images have identifiable students in them, I can only share ones that your school has already shared publicly or ones for which we have signed DOE media release forms.
  4. The narratives will be varied – but should all serve as a model that could inspire another school or educator. If it’s helpful, there are some possible categories listed below.
  • Integrating across the curriculum
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Formative assessment
  • Developing conceptual understanding (vs. gaining procedural knowledge)
  • Producing or creating (vs. consuming)
  • Deeper learning or learning that will transfer from one context to another (vs. surface level learning)
  • Increasing student agency, ownership, or voice and choice while learning
  • Enabling and promoting student self-regulation
  • Making student thinking visible
  • Making student progress over time visible
  • Extending the learning beyond the classroom
  • Improving communication among students, teachers, and families
  • Connecting to resources beyond the walls of the school
  • Ensuring more students are able to participate more fully in learning activities
  • Increasing student motivation and engagement
  • Real-world problem finding and/or solving
  • Computer coding / Computational thinking
  • Digital citizenship
  • Family and community engagement
  • Student leadership
  • Content-specific
  • Proficiency-based learning
  • Creative thinking
  • Project-based learning
  • Mindfulness
  • Maine Learning Results / Guiding Principles
  • Cognitive science
  • Maker centered learning
  • Foundational technology skills for teachers and/or students

Thank you for thinking about telling your story. I know that time is one of the most precious resources we as educators have – but I do believe that other educators would appreciate hearing from you!

If you have any questions, or would like some help drafting, please reach out to me!

Best,

Amanda Nguyen
Digital Learning Specialist
Maine Department of Education
Amanda.Nguyen@maine.gov
207-624-6656

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