2016 GISA Annual Conference
Monday, November 7, 2016
Wendy Mogel (@DrWendyMogel) encourages us to raise wildflowers instead of bonsai trees. She challenges our community to help our children through the journey to independence instead of hoping to skip over the struggles that come with the journey.
Justin Cahill (@justybubPE), Brian Balocki (@BrianBalocki), and John Turner were serious about Keeping Kids in Motion. While originally scheduled into a traditional classroom, they encouraged everyone to check in and join them outside of experiential lessons to implement in PE and in base classrooms. They taught the why, the how, and the what of keeping kids (of any age) in motion. Best GISA session EVER!
Mary Cantwell (@scitechyEDU) facilitated a conversation around design, STEM, STEAM, and Design Thinking. My big, lingering take-aways are the following questions.
How might we impact our learners and their approach to solving problems every day?
If the users of our assessments are our learners, how might we design with them in mind and design using an empathetic lens?
Rich Wormeli (@RickWormeli2) sent the message that students will only be creative, courageous, and persistent if they have teachers willing to be creative, courageous, and persistent. Sense-making is a worthy goal, but don’t stop there; strive for meaning-making. Relationships first. Use assessment to reveal the story of learning.