PD experiment: I want to learn… & I can teach… (4 of 4)

PD experiment: I want to learn… & I can teach… (3 of 4) should actually be titled Learning by Request and by Invitation.  After compiling the I want to learn… and I can teach… requests, we ended up with 16 peer-to-peer learning sessions for Wednesday’s workshops.  We asked the facilitators to email their learners with information about location, materials needed, and anything else that is pertinent.

From: Molly Flavin

Date: February 25, 2013, 4:13:27 PM EST

To: Sarah Mokotoff, Learning Team, Mary Jacob Rankin, Vrieland, Ashley Johnston, Marilyn Bauer, Marsha Harris, Samantha Steinberg, Maryellen Berry, Ginny Perkinson, Jedd Austin

Subject: Info for Instructors

Dear Instructors,

In your mailboxes you will find the list of individuals who signed up for the Wednesday class this week (2/27/13).  Please email them with information about the location of your class, what materials/devices will be needed, and any other information they need to know.  Thank you so much for volunteering to teach a class.  If you have any questions, feel free to email me, Erin, Laurette, or Jill.

Thank you,

The Faculty/Staff Forum

I have so much to learn from my colleagues! I guess I expected the type of email that I would send.  I am wow-ed by the invitational, we will learn this together, and we’ll have fun messages that were sent to our learners.  I should publish all 16 emails – because they are all that good – but I’ll exercise restraint and only offer four samples.

From: Samantha Steinberg
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 3:39 PM
To: * *
Cc: Jill Gough <jgough@trinityatl.org>
Subject: workshop tomorrow!
Hi Ladies,
Thanks so much for signing up for this workshop!  We will be talking about using strategy groups during CAFÉ reading.  Disclaimer:  I am not an expert on this topic, however, I am using strategy groups in my classroom to meet with small groups of students who are working on the same reading strategy, not necessarily the same reading level.  I will show you some examples and then we can brainstorm together how this might be beneficial for you in your classroom.
You do not need to bring anything; just yourself.  If you are familiar with CAFÉ and/or Daily 5 and you have the CAFÉ book, you might want to bring it.  If not, no worries!
See you tomorrow afternoon in room 2229!

Don’t you just love the message from Samantha?  How great is it that she is willing to share what is working for her learners?  What a wonderful invitation to learn together!

From: Jedd Austin
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 7:41 AM
To: * *
Cc: Molly Flavin, Erin Lindsey, Laurette Sirkin , Jill Gough
Subject: FACULTY FORUM –> iMovie on iPads Extravaganza!
Congratulations!  You have been officially selected (by you) to be a part of an amazing experience that will take place in Caroline Peevy’s room THIS Wednesday from 3:30-4:30!  Because this “class” will be all about making iMovies on iPads, please take the next 31 hours to make sure you have the iMovie app installed ON your iPad.  The icon you’re looking for is below.  Also, over the course of today and tomorrow please do some filming (with your iPad) of interesting classroom things (if you don’t have a bunch already) that you’ll be able to use to practice with on Wednesday.
P.s.  After the class you will be filling out this feedback form –> http://bit.ly/FacultyForumFeedback  Please remind me to have you do that. .  🙂 🙂 🙂


You can just feel Jedd’s enthusiasm and encouragement! He does awesome, creative work with formative assessment using iMovie and his iPad.  I love that he said this “class,” because it is really so much more.  I’m also pleased that he thought to include the link to the Attendance and Feedback form. (The link above takes you to a copy; explore if you’d like.)

From: Marsha Harris
Date: Monday, February 25, 2013 6:34 PM
To: * *
Cc: Jill Gough, Stacey Goss, Rhonda Mitchell
Subject: Faculty Forum SMACK DOWN
Hello Everyone!
I’m looking forward to meeting with you on Wednesday afternoon!
I’m planning on sharing a TON of really neat things that I learned while at my last PD opportunity in Orlando.  I plan on spending about 2 minutes on each item…which is where the term “smack down” comes from! All of these are NEW to me and I haven’t had much time to master anything, but I’d love to share them with you for further exploration!
What to bring: your computer and iPad or iPhone or all 3! Some are websites, some are apps! However you learn best!
What to prepare: no pressure…but I would love it if YOU could be part of the SMACK DOWN as well! Please plan to share and app/website/tool with the group! 2 minutes MAX on the time…I will have a timer!!! It doesn’t necessarily have to be about education…maybe just something that you deem worthy of sharing! The plan is that I will share ONE and YOU will share ONE! Fair?
Incentives?: I know that we will ALL walk away with something that you didn’t know before! And…I have cookies! 🙂 I’m looking forward to learning something new from you as well!
This should be FUN…it’s not a presentation!

Marsha’s plan is to share new things she has learned, but has not mastered. Wonderful modeling for learning by doing! I LOVE “The plan is that I will share ONE and YOU will share ONE! Fair?” Sharing responsibility, sharing learning, and sharing the exploration. I am also thrilled to see the differentiated plan indicated by “However you learn best!

From: Ginny Perkinson
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 7:50 AM
To: * *
Cc: Molly Flavin, Erin Lindsey, Laurette Sirkin, Jill Gough 
Subject: outlook tips

Good morning,

Thanks for signing up to for the Outlook Tips Forum tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 PM in Conference Room C.  I am looking forward to all of us getting together to share what we know and don’t know about Outlook.  It will be helpful if you bring your computers with you.  Also be thinking about how you use Outlook or might use it if you had a better understanding of the program.  My bet is that together, we may all learn from each other.

At the end of our time together, it will be important for us to complete the attendance and feedback form – the link is listed here now just in case we have too much fun together tomorrow afternoon and I forget to mention it!

Attendance and Feedback Formhttp://bit.ly/FacultyForumFeedback


Ginny summed it up beautifully! We are getting together to share what we know and what we don’t know.

Together, we can learn from each other.

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