Have you #Eduheard?

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And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in singin’ a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may thinks it’s a movement.

Arlo Guthrie, “Alice’s Restaurant” (1967)

Let’s do it. Let’s start our own movement. A movement of listening, of truly hearing and reflecting on what happens around us every day.

For me the #eduheard movement started in May 2014. It started when my colleague Jennifer Nusbaum (@NusKnights) Tweeted the following:

Not something you hear everyday in a 5th grade classroom. But this is no ordinary classroom. But you wouldn’t have any sense of our classroom community – or maybe just a limited sense – if you didn’t live and work with our team of gifted learners. Sure we post pictures and videos on Instagram daily. Sure we use Remind to communicate to parents about homework and classwork and upcoming events. But there’s something special about the words coming out of our students’ mouths that is challenging to capture at that moment. We could ask students to repeat what they said, assuming it’s #eduheard worthy, but it lacks the magic the first time it was spoken.

So how do you capture these moments? Well, it’s certainly not about tools like Soundcloud or GarageBand. It’s more about being a deep listener and taking time filtering all of the words you hear throughout the day.

You might hear something unexpected.

It might be content related.

It might be deep.

It might be how young people understand their world.

It might be something so ridiculous that you simply have to preserve the memory.

And that’s what #eduheard is all about. Preserving the words we hear every day that will disappear if we don’t listen, reflect and share. #Eduheard is not a movement…yet. That’s why we need your help. Listen to those around you. Your students. Your colleagues. Your family. Your community. Share on Twitter or any of your favorite social channels. Be sure to include #eduheard so we can all listen to what you hear and bookmark the Twitter stream.



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