I spent the last week working with several teachers and 1 principal learning and working on Best Practices in Math. This could have gone pretty badly, but let me tell you it was GREAT. I was pleasantly surprised. The work I did this week has truly made me a better teacher. I hope that the relaxation of summer does not dilute my intentions at this moment. But the best part of this past week and the reason I felt compelled to write was my grand realization I had. We have a lot of really good teachers in our district. In the seven years I have been teaching and attending district provided professional development, this is the first time I have felt this way. That is great for our district, but even better for our kids. I wish we could collectively build a superteam of teachers for our school. What a difference that would make. A group of adults focused and dedicated to the same kind of learning. Oh, the possibilities.
Kagan Cooperative Learning
It’s been a while, I know.
This Monday and Tuesday I was fortunate enough to participate in a Kagan training. It was great. I have heard so much about it in the seven years I have been teaching, but never had the opportunity to participate. There are many things that I will be able to use right away on Monday. It is good to know many of the things that I do already have in place just need to be tweaked. Unfortunately Monday is coming much to fast when I realize that I haven’t done nearly 1/3 of what I planned to do this week. It’s nice to take a break though.