Who I am as a Teacher
- Number student workbooks
- Match all components of my program everything is colour coded
- Classroom needs to match (my red pocket charts annoy me since they don’t match)
- So picky I make all of my own stuff or remake things so the fonts match and it looks pretty
Tech Support and Inquiry
Getting Started with Inquiry
Great Learning Comes out of an Emergency
Change your Plans on the Fly
Value of Learning Goals and Success Criteria
I got a lot of “can I do……” and that was okay. I conferenced with students, met with them during their research process. Checked in with them. We co-created a rubric that outlined what a level 2-3-4 looked like.
They showed me what they knew – Minecraft, story, rap, websites, PowerPoints, games, dances, (students used their own interests and strengths to express their ideas). We drew upon students strengths and needs to help them show their learning. I also learned that less control means less planning for me (more time with my kids at home)
How do I push it forward and build on this next momentum
- Ask them to share their learning with others – Full school Energy Conservation Assembly
- Can’t find research on some topics – contact experts and ask for help -> First Nations and Small Pox
- BYOD – you don’t need to supply everything. Let them bring in their own things.
- Apply for Grants – just don’t forget to tell your principal.
- Ask them more questions. Question instead of Tell…questions will help your students to draw their own conclusions when they are ready.
- Sit back and watch and let them fail safely. Failure is an opportunity to learn and improve and set this up as a culture in your classroom.
- Arguments are not bad but opportunities for learning. Just teach them how to talk to each other.
- Surprising leaders emerge. Students who know the value of hard work and constructing their own understanding will often become your leaders. Students that typically do well at school sometimes struggle because they will wait for you to tell them what to do and when you don’t it increases their anxiety.
- Not every student comes on board as quickly as others that is okay they will just keep reaching students one student at a time. You don’t need 100% buy in 100% of the time. Just grow your buy in one student at a time and you will eventually get them all.
- Parents are lost…. so help them understand the changes that are happening in your classroom.