I was giddy with excitement that I had organized the day, so I could attend Common Formative Assessment. The teachers I support spent the previous day learning about it. A friend found me and made sure that I had a table of people to sit with it. I had opened my favorite note-taking tool. Everything was set for a successful day. Then I received some news. Throughout this training, I tried to stay in engaged in the learning.
Then I received some news. To me, in my world, it was huge. My plan for after school care fell through. I needed to problem solve and come through with a plan pretty quickly. Throughout this training, I tried to stay in engaged in the learning, and it was challenging. By the end of the day, I learned so much and extremely exhausted.
I tell you this story because this is the story of some of the students in our classroom. On a regular basis, students come to our classroom distracted and have the desire to learn. The battle I faced all day trying to remain present with my learning was exhausting. Here are some of the things helped me stay engaged.
- Chris Jakicic made sure that she knew her audience and adjusted the learning for the people in the room
- The content was meaningful, and I knew that I would be using it pretty quickly.
- I had a team around me who knew me.
Aren’t these the same thing we would want for our students, learning that is meaningful and meets us where we are in a safe environment?
I will be spending the next two and half weeks leading(learning) professional learning for various groups of educators. I realize that great PD causes the leader to learn as well as the audience. I am committing myself to pause and reflect on what I learned.
Session: NIET Rubric Modules
My Big Ah-has:
- 99.9 percent of our district initiatives are aligned and pointing the same way. I get goose bumps thinking about how they interconnect.
- Keep the goal of any professional learning: what do we want to see in classrooms. I want to see these things in my children’s classroom:
- Students owning their learning
- Students knowing the target and figuring out how to meet it.
- Teachers and students learning together.
- It’s always about the students.
Tomorrow will be another awesome day. Looking forward to being inspired by the work of so many teachers, principals, and other leaders tomorrow.
Today the teachers have begun to come back. I may have been singing The Boys are Back in Town this morning. We welcomed back some of our teacher leaders. I will be spending the next two and half weeks leading(learning) professional learning for various groups of educators. I realize that great PD causes the leader to learn as well as the audience. I am committing myself to pause and reflect on what I learned.
Session: George Couros
My favorite moment: When he called me out for using the giant post-it notes. We do all this work, and then we never capture the notes from them. I can do better. I had a PD planned for next week, and I am adjusting to make better and resource for teachers. I saw several great ideas on how to engage a large audience. I will
My Next Steps: I had a half day PD planned for next week, had being the key word. My goal is to get rid of the giant post-it notes. I plan on being transparent about my new learning and how I adapted it based on my new learning. If I don’t grow and apply my learning, why should I ask others to do it.
Thanks, George Couros for pushing me to grow!