We are so lucky

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.