There is a reason I have not posted in a while.
Our time is limited. We can't do everything and we have to make choices. For me, I have always wanted to give a full-fledged explanation of connections-based learning. I set my sights on writing a CBL book and gave up my blogging to do it. But I am back.
I am so excited to be able to provide this resource as educators navigate the connected world. I have combined a clear outline of the connections-based learning approach while sharing relevant hashtags to not only explain how to teach with the #ConnectionLens but how to get involved. And of course I include some silliness here and there.
At the time of this posting I have been so encouraged to see that CBL is number one on the Amazon Best Seller list for Pro D books. This is pretty surprising and super encouraging particularly because this book is about as indie as you can get. It reminds me of those videos students make for class that say: written by Jimmy, produced by Jimmy, filmed by Jimmy... with special thanks to Jimmy. You know that Jimmy kinda played a big role in the whole thing.
The book is loaded with ideas on how to make connections-based learning a reality in your class, but also makes a special effort to connect learning outcomes to CBL. I wanted to put to rest once and for all the notion that have to make a choice between following the curriculum and making local and global connections. You don't.
I will continue to moderate the #CBL Voxer Chat with new vigor. Each week we will look at a "Vision Checkup" question (at the end of the chapters) and dialogue about it on Voxer and as a Twitter #CBLchat slow chat. If you want to join the Voxer chat then don't hesitate to contact me.
Thanks so much for being a part of the Connections-based Learning community. Here's to leveraging connections for student learning!