I am working to be better at differentiation for the 90+ faculty. I was more successful yesterday, but I still have lots of room for growth. The plan differentiated for our teachers of 3s and Pre-K, teachers of K-4th grade, teachers of Specials, and teachers of 5th-6th grade. I failed to have a formal differentiated plan for our Learning Team and our Media Team. Fortunately, the Learning Team was proactive and submitted a lesson plan for themselves. <awesome!>
At 12:30, Dawn Pile (@DawnPile), our Early Elementary Division Head of School, reminded us that progress report for our youngest learner was revamped just a couple of years ago. These teacher-learners used the rest of the meeting to learn more together about supporting and building e-portfolios for our 3s and Pre-K children. Rhonda Mitchell (@rgmteach), our Personalized Learning Specialist, highlighted work already being done and outlined a workflow strategy to record this work into the children’s MyLearning portfolios. It was awesome! A real mashup of PD, sharing ideas, and strategies. The questions were immediate and specific. How do I… What app should I use… Will you help me… It could not have been better for these teachers. The feedback was great. Here are a few comments that stood out for me:
Rhonda helped me to understand the many different ways I can use Evernote besides posting pictures and videos previously taken. Very useful!!
Rhonda generated ideas to get us moving on the My Learning notebooks. she also helped us with ways to move photos and videos into notebooks.
I have never used Evernote and need all the information I can get. Also, the timing of this meeting was perfect. It will jumpstart us to begin document our students progress.
At 3:30, Maryellen Berry (@fastwalker10), our Upper Elementary Division Head of School, Dawn, and I reviewed the work and ideation from last year and discussed the results from the latest faculty feedback. We talked about the request from faculty to have a mashup of the ideas from our ideation. Since the group was so big and so diverse, we then transitioned into three small groups. Maryellen and Dawn met with Specials teachers; Rhonda facilitated the K-4th grade session, and I worked with the 5th and 6th grade teams. I was very encouraged at our progress as the meetings concluded, but what would the feedback say?
I liked that it felt like our feedback and suggestions were listened to and acted upon. (This is a really bad sentence but I don’t know how to word it better.) I liked having a discussion of what it might look like.
I was able to see the different perspectives of progress reports and assessments from my fellow colleagues, which I really enjoyed! We are all different and have different, unique, and important ways to see our children and communicate with families.
Honestly– I thought that it was a little silly for us to write about a student today. BUT….. I CHANGED MY MIND COMPLETELY!!! It was so useful to hash out the sticky parts of this BEFORE we are sitting at our computers actually writing them in October.
This applies directly to our work every day and then in progress report writing however, we would have liked to have Dawn in here to discuss with us and to clarify. We would like to have an EED meeting with K and 1st to show examples. We are eager to move forward with this new format and just want to make sure we are all on the same page!
As a community, we have grown in our ability and willingness to offer feedback. I am encouraged and grateful to have every sentence of feedback that offers support, asks questions, and expresses concerns.
As is my practice, the entire set of comments and feedback was shared with our community via email. It is shown below. Is there a particular comment that resonates with you?