Making The Invisible Visible
brought to you by: Karen Kutz, Vicki Fricke, Hilary Wagenblast, Ronna Renken
We chose this title to explore the "how" of teaching and learning. How do protocols (practices) and artifacts (tools) create a learning community? What specific tools do we use as teachers and learners? The mirror labeled IIMP (Inquiry Into My Practice) on the poster symbolizes the heart of our ISI community. Using this process requires us to examine ourselves as teachers as one does in a mirror. Looking closer at the process, we would like to also add a picture of a microscope to our poster. 'Zooming in' allows us to look at the pieces of the lesson and how those pieces affect the learning process. Then 'Zooming out' helps us understand the bigger picture in our lesson as we consider its impact.
We have placed labels of practices on the top of our poster and labels of tools on the bottom. The red lines connect the tools with the practices. Some tools connect with several practices. For example, a line connects the 3x2 sheet on the bottom with both the responsive design practice and intentional reflection on the top. We realize that those not involved in the Piasa Writing Project may not recognize our common language and would need further explanation. Our poster is a work in progress as are our lessons and practices.