Access, inclusion, design all have to fall together in favor of community, of dialogue, with content being no more than the field upon which those play. So, a design for community might include:
- Interstitial, unfacilitated learning
- Agency, meta-cognition, and self-determination
- Building skills
Howard Rheingold brings a sense of perspective and history to the conversation around our current understanding of community
Although I may not have achieved the goals that I was aspiring towards, it is something which I feel grounds a lot of my work.
Digital grade portals were designed to improve home-school communication by allowing students and parents to monitor grades and attendance throughout the year so there are no surprises at report card time. In theory, a parent who checks the portal has the opportunity to stay on top of a child’s performance and facilitate support for the child if performance slips.
The reality, at least in high-pressure school districts, is that some parents interpret the school’s invitation to constantly monitor grades and scores on the portal not as an option, but as an obligation. This obligation adds to the mounting anxiety students and parents feel in these districts.
as people around the country gather tonight to pay their respects to #eurydicedixon, please remember at least 30 women have already been killed in australia this year #saytheirnames (research via destroy the joint) pic.twitter.com/VRAH4uYu90
— maddison connaughton (@madconnaughton) June 18, 2018
The most useful network or community is the one you can build with your immediate team and colleagues in your school. They’re in the context and in the ‘know’. They’re accountable with you and they know the support structures — especially if it’s them — and can act on them. If you don’t feel you’re getting that support, find a mentor outside the context and learn to build relationships within. We need to be an active participant in those networks we choose to belong.