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I just attended three days of training. The workshop was developed in house, with teachers from the district sharing thier knowledge. The book Teaching for Tomorrow provided the framework. There were many terrific things about this workshop.
- We received the book before we left for the summer at the end of school. That way I was able to read it at my own pace.
- It was during thee summer and our follow ups will be during district development days. I hate missing days to attend training. I have 180 days with my kids, I want to spend that time teaching. Saturday workshops tend to make for a cranky two weeks, because of a lack of recharge time. After school that goes past 4 pm result in a lack of sleep due to driving time and need to eat.
- I left each day with multiple ideas that I can use in my classroom. I will be blogging on Rhodes in coming days.
- This was targeted to our teachers and our students. We had people from the main office running the workshop, and people still spoke their minds.
- We are no longer required to follow the script format of our math program. It will still provide the framework and order of topics, but individual teachers will be able to customize and personalize according to our student needs. We will also be able to use project based instruction now that we are free of the script.
Looking forward to the next school year.
I am making lists for next year. There are things I want to expand on from last year.
- Blogging both my blogging and having students blog. I’m thinking start out with the students blogging at least 2 times a month. Mypersonal goal is to blog at least 5 times a week, but not necessarily on school days. Last year we had both PEP and faculty meetings on Wednesday – which made that a bad day to try and blog. I was usually home late.
- Movie making both live action and stop motion. I like the cut paper version better than claymation.
- Photo time lines – especially for our sustained inquiries.
- Geocaching/GPS reviews. Technically I did try this last year, but the results were terrible. I got some great ideas from the workshop I took at T3. Even better the teacher who gave the workshop is 2nd grade.
- Popcorn words. I got several ideas from that workshop. I can combined them with …
- Publishing e-books on my Ipads for students (I am going to do books for each science unit for vocabulary and also for information) I’ve made one. I need to figure out a couple of formatting things. Also I would like to add an auditoryversion for my 2nd graders if they need it. I will do some now. I thinking about asking some 3rd – 5th grade students tocome to my room in the mornings to do recordings. I know several, who would do a great job and would love not going to the gym in the morning.
- Publishing e-books by students on the Ipads
I’m sure I’m going to come up with more as the summer goes on. I’m also lucky to have a great network both in my district and outside to bounce ideas off of.
Lower left Ipad shows an e-book I made today about anoles