Now that _A Day In The Life_ is Over…

Tina Cardone took the time to create a Tumblr with all the A Day In The Life submissions…  and she summed up all the suggestions/thoughts that people had for doing something similar in the future. If you don’t know what this is all about, here is the information and my contribution. I am going to copy her blogpost below (it can be accessed here):


Day in the Life: Recap and Moving Forward

THANK YOU for reading, writing, sharing your day or spreading the word.  Since the last update there have been 14 new submissions, which puts us over 50 total!  And it sounds like there are still more coming.  I’d love for this initiative to continue expanding, so I created a tumblr.  The latest submissions are below, but from now forward contributions will only be posted  I’d never used tumblr before but now that I’ve set one up it seems most appropriate for sharing links.  You can still follow it by RSS and read the posts in google reader or similar, but it’s also searchable by tags and maybe we will discover a new community of tumblrs who can join the twitterblogosphere!

Now that the “Day in the Life” week is officially over, what’s next?  I’ve asked for ideas and come up with a few of my own.  I’d love to hear your feedback on these, other ideas and volunteers to kick these off!

  • Re-blog, re-tweet, share on facebook and send this to big people/media (Justin Reich, Dan Meyer, Diane Ravitch and Arne Duncan were mentioned specifically)
  • Continue getting new people to share a Day in their Life (try to reach different circles of educators)
  • Personally I found this challenging to do, so repeating the experience of logging an entire day is unappealing, but posting a snippet like I did on Sunday is doable.  Lots of short clips is just as good (better?) than a full day.  There’s a submit page if you’d like to contribute directly to tumblr.
  • Record yourself reading part of your DITLife post, it’s interesting to hear the voice behind the screen.
  • Make a video of yourself telling a story, no longer than 2 minutes, of something that happened to you that shares some aspect of teaching; good, bad, whatever.
  • Find a student to interview you, where the student asks questions they’re curious to know about, and the teacher responds. Then the teacher posts a podcast of the interview. (This wasn’t my idea, but I was talking to students about grading just the other day and it was interesting to hear their questions!)
  • Find another teacher to interview you on whatever and post a podcast of the interview.
  • Give awards to contributors: most papers graded, most hours at work, most uses of technology…
  • Compare our days to TV/movie teachers
  • Compare to each other (what was everyone doing at 7 am, noon, 3 pm, 8 pm?)
  • Running list of all the roles we play
  • Instead of recording everything in one day, record one thing every day and create a report a la Nicholas Felton
  • Link this initiative anytime you see anyone attacking teachers
  • Map where you go in a day or week (I know I never see some teachers since I don’t walk the same paths they do!)
  • Ask people what prevented them from participating (is that you? please comment!)

I also got requests for future themes and gathered a few ideas for those:

  1. The best lesson I taught this year.
  2. What I want PD to look like.
  3. If I was not a teacher I would be a ___.
  4. Classroom tours (started in June, I want to see more photos!)
  5. Teachers take a photograph of something meaningful that they’ve gotten from a student, and describe what that is and why it matters to them.

Thanks to Sam, Kate, Ashli, Julie, Greg, Kirsten, James, Jonathan, Lisa and Tom for their contribution to these lists.


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