With so many ways to connect, the educator becomes the linchpin for connection. Whether it's establishing a relationship with experts, opening the doors to peers, or forging a relationship with the community, students benefit from connections outside the class.
As students write emails, tweet organizations or share with peers, there are a wide variety of responses. In CBL, it's the process on which we focus. When the process is focused on, there is always learning that takes place.
In CBL, meaningful feedback is a cornerstone. Feedback can be given by parents, other teachers, other students, experts or organizations. A self-evaluation is crucial after feedback is given.
Connections-based Learning starts with a shift in thinking. It's about beginning to look at teaching differently, keeping our eyes and ears open as educators to the connected world around us. It may seem daunting to work at it alone; don't. We have some tools available to help you.
Look through the Google + Community to get an idea what teachers are doing. Reach out and share a post or a picture of what you are doing. Ask for feedback. Share on our Voxer chat.
Use the Connections-based Learning Graphic Organizer below to plan a lesson or a unit. Bring together your big ideas, your competencies and your content into a single page that guides your connected learning experience.