Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Working on the Work
Melanie Holtsman, our Literacy Coach, is the producer of our literacy professional development and she and Maria designed this learning opportunity together. Melanie studied at Teachers' College last summer so she has been able to artfully incorporate pieces of that "Lucy" training into our professional development this year. She shares some of her learning from the summer and from a recent day with Lucy with us, and the greater community at our school PD blog, Live from the Creek. Check it out. It's almost like being at Teachers' College!
Melanie always tries to have us experience something as a learner so that we feel comfortable incorporating it into our lessons. Today she had us "write a story in the air" - tell a true story from our childhood to a partner - thinking about the beginning, middle and end.. She suggested this as way to have our students get ready to write. In other words, instead of simply telling our students to "turn and talk" about what they are going to write, to actually have them tell their partner the story with a beginning, middle, and end to jumpstart their story writing. Can't you just see how that would work?
After lunch together - we always order in to save time! - our Science lead Tracy Ruark took over for the last hour. Tracy shared the content of boxes that were loaned to Chets by the Safari Club for us to use in Science. We looked at pelts and skulls and I even learned about "scat" - felt like I'd visited Duck Dynasty! The boxes also included books and lesson plans. I know how much fun the teachers had with these items, so I can just imagine how the children will engage with them! We ended by talking about Tracy's latest Science lab with Sound.
I LOVE the teachers I work with. They are engaged. They are never at a loss for questions and share an endless supply of creative ideas. There is no questions that I will be a better teacher tomorrow because I shared time with them today!