Over the past 7 days I have been working in my classroom, reseraching and attending virutal PD.
Some of the PD has been great…other sessions not so much.
I always attend workshops with the idea of examining how the presenter choses to deliver the content. I have done this since college. I write down the way people start meetings, how they show content, how they have participants interact…or not. I steal what I like for my own presentations.
Here are some things I have learned, or were reminded of, from the content and being a student over the last week about virtual learning:
- One of the biggest pet peeves I have about PD is presenters who conduct a training in the opposite way of how they would want you to teach kids. The workshop you are presenting is a model to the people you are teaching. I went to more than one workshop where they talked at us for over an hour. Please. Don’t.
- I learned about this video that brings some things into perspective. I wrote about this idea in my newsletter last week.
- Kids are vessels that are already full of experiences and knowledge . We need to remember they are not empty just waiting to be filled.
- Relationships are the center of everything.
- Think about your own school life. Who was an influence on you and what did they do? Connect these ideas to your own teaching.
- One presenter used breakout rooms with the adults expertly. We were given a task independently and then asked to talk in the Zoom breakout room. Then we were asked to make a sticky note on the class Jamboard to show accountability. Brilliant! This one I will use for my own workshops with adults. Kindergarten will take a lot of scaffolding for it to happen.
- Grade level work needs to be taught to students. This is an equity issue.
- I can keep track of what to keep doing, start doing and set aside for now. I like this structure for unpacking what I already know.
- To build relationships virtually I need to schedule more one on one time with my students.
- I also need to provide virtual social time for my students.
What have you learned in this new time we are in about teaching?