Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about this. When we come to something we don’t know how to do, what do we do? I can think of 4 or 5 ways people react that I’ve seen recently. Stop whatever you’re doing. Not sure how to proceed puts a total stop to the work… Read More What do we do when we need help?
I’ve been reading a lot lately about the idea of Personalized Learning for our students. Saturday I devoured the latest issue of ASCD’s Educational Leadership magazine. This presented a variety of different view points around personalized learning that really made me think! I read the entire issue, cover to cover. Spending a quiet Saturday morning… Read More Personalized Learning
Y’all…I HAVE to take some time this morning to brag on my partner in EdTech, Margaret Sisler. As I was sipping my jasmine green tea this morning, I saw a video of her receiving a much-deserved award. Margaret was named the Outstanding School-Based Leader award which is a pretty big deal. I can’t think of… Read More Margaret Sisler: Generally Amazing…It’s Official.
Since the beginning of the FCPSon Journey for our school, we’ve shared that Learning Walks are one of the most transformative tools we’ve used. Teachers visiting other teachers, regardless of the content area, leads to huge changes. Our teachers have told us in survey after survey, meeting after meeting, that they want to learn from… Read More Learning From Each Other
We’ve been talking more and more about the classroom space and how it can be more student centered and flexible. Last week at the mini faculty meeting, we shared how one of the budget discussions centered on raising class sizes (AGAIN! I don’t know why this is an “easy” fix to a tough budget… Read More Teacher Work Space
One contributing factor for successfully making significant change for us is open tw0-way communication. This connects to transparency and honesty and strong & trusting relationships that I’ve talked about before. In addition to being available via email and for drop in conversations, our Principal (@chsprincipalJ), the Admin team and I try to have opportunities to… Read More Open Communication
Wow! What a week! I feel like I can finally start to catch my breath – in the last 5 school days we’ve hosted 4 visits. Folks in all sorts of job roles in our district are visiting and each visit was different. We’ve had so many great questions and conversations from these visits that… Read More Visits Galore
There’s nothing better than an exciting, energizing professional learning experience (okay, maybe happy hour…) and nothing can leave you wishing you were grading essays like a bad one. Often, participants find themselves wondering ‘who planned this?’ and ‘how is this useful to anyone’ while suffering through hours of professional development. If you’re planning a learning opportunity… Read More Pro Tips: Level Up On Your PD
When teachers have the opportunity to learn from their colleagues, the feedback is overwhelmingly positive. We have been hosting visits since mid-fall for other schools to come in and see our classrooms, talk with our teachers, ask questions and hear what we have done to change teaching and learning. This week we had the first… Read More #BetterTogether
One of the ongoing struggles we continue to try to solve revolves around professional learning. In our district, like many, for years typical PD (professional development) is something that is done to teachers. Teachers have had very little say in what they learn, when they learn it and how they learn. Most of the PD… Read More Who owns the learning?