How I changed my teaching this week...

#edtech #edchat #elearning Every week I try to improve as a teacher -- so what happened this week?

On Monday I was cruising through my Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Tweetdeck when I noticed a tweet about a new book that I have been interested in for months called The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. The tweet was about how the ideas presented in this book could be used in education. How could using checklists improve education?


Since I am a big believer in checklists, I was intrigued. I grabbed my iPhone, opened the iBooks app and found the book in the online store, then downloaded a sample. After reading the intro (that was all that was included in the sample) I was hooked. I pressed the buy button and I continued my reading.

I could only read for a few minutes before I would have to put it down so I could go to the Notes app and write down the flood of ideas that were coming to me.

  • A checklist for my daily podcast; one for the host, one for the sound tech and one for the producer.
  • A checklist for the new 5th grade documentary project.
  • A checklist for the old 5th grade blogging project (that could have saved a lot of heartache).
  • A checklist for the 4th grade U.S. Constitution podcast project.

You get the picture. Checklists can make our student projects even better.  And I am only on chapter 3!

 I can't imagine what things will look like with my teacher by the time I finish the book.

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