Practitioner Knowledge and Networked Inquiry

“… It is the questions, after all, that make real learning possible.” Allen & Blythe, 2004

Fine wobbling this past week everyone. Keep it up and take notes for yourself as you go. These wobbles raise questions. And the questions will support us in connecting our learning in new and different ways.

The week ahead …

Let’s start first with some additional inspiration for our flowing and connecting: What, for example, can we learn from the genius of Hip-Hop?

More here with Chris Emdin about Hip-Hop in education:

Let’s take this week to focus on ways of staying fresh, learning from each other, and being resourceful. How do we do that? One way is by continuing to notice where we wobble, to ask ourselves questions about these moments, and begin to take a stance of inquiry around our practice.

Read At Last: Practitioner Inquiry and the Practice of Teaching: Some Thoughts on Better by Susan Lytle.

Using the notes from your pose/wobble/flows, and the questions that emerge from them, I would like you to start identifying an inquiry question (or set of questions) that will guide what you do the rest of the semester. Inquiry questions tend to be the kind that keeps you up at night (or wake you up in the morning) … ones that emerge when you as you pose/wobble/flow… that which you seek to make “better”.

What keeps you up, in your context, when you think about designing for connected learning and equity?

Learn more from youth and teachers about the power of inquiry: Revolutionizing Inquiry in Urban English Classrooms: Pursuing Voice and Justice through Youth Participatory Action Research

10 Self/10 World

One exercise you can use to find inquiry questions comes from an educator-created youth blogging site called Youth Voices. (Learn more about Youth Voices here.)

This activity is called 10 Self/10 World Questions and I have adapted it for our context of thinking about connected learning and equity:

  1. Start by writing 10 questions that you have about yourself as a connected learner/teacher and 10 questions that you have about designing for connected learning and equity.
  2. Next, pick one of these question and write about it (or audio/video record yourself talking about it) as though you are the expert. Write about why it is of interest to you and all that you already know about it. Write/discuss what you would like to know about it that you don’t already know.
  3. Now find a focused sentence from this writing/recording and do some freewriting (or maybe even some freestyling!). Use this free association to take you a bit deeper with your question: what are you really interested in related to connected learning and equity? What makes your pose, wobble? Or your wobble, flow?

(Note: You can keep going between #2/#3 to keep going more deeply with a few of your questions to see what feels ultimately most interesting or useful to you.)


Blog this week — using text, video, sound, and/or images — about the questions that start to surface for you as you pose/wobble/flow your way around being a connected learner or about connected learning and equity.

Finding 5/6/7

In addition to writing a blog about your inquiry above, find 5/6/7 resources that might relate to the questions you are asking about connected learning and equity. Take the time and go back through what you have referenced or gathered so far, tap into the sources I’ve been drawing from each week for our shared readings/watchings, as well as each others blogs. Richness abounds!

More connections this week

Throughout Spring 2017, colleagues of mine are hosting an open online course called Networked Narratives about digital storytelling and civic imagination. This is both a course, based at Kean University, as well as an open and online set of opportunities for anyone interested in tapping into the conversations.

This venture is full of alchemy — so beware! You never really know what you will find here.

On Tuesday at 1pm ET, a live “studio visit” will happen with Howard Rheingold, longtime educator and “netizen,” and his daughter Mamie. They will focus on the topics of: What does it mean to be “Net Smart” in an era of alternative facts and data tracking? What happens to our human spirit when when we proceed into an ever more technology-infused existence?

You are invited (and note, all of this is entirely optional).

In connected learning solidarity,


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