I hope you enjoyed our 9/21 PD day with George Couros! It was great to learn (and laugh!) and discuss how we can implement our learning in the classroom. As we turn to the October PD day, you might question why we would spend one day talking about innovation and then another talking about data. You'll also notice there is a session about "Stepping Away from the Phone." Doesn't that contradict what we just learned from Mr. Couros?
As a district, our focus is still on students and quality instruction that is student-centered, engaging, and relevant. But we have to know where our students are to know where we need to instruct. For most, there are a lot of standards to cover in a limited amount of time. We can't possibly provide opportunities for students to make youtube videos or create other in-depth projects for every standard. MAP can provide you with information on what students already know, what needs to be reinforced, and what they are ready to learn next. This information provides you with insight into what you need to cover, but not what to plan or how to do it. That is where innovation comes in. We cannot just simply copy lesson plans from year to year. We need to know our students' strengths and weaknesses and plan accordingly. That is when our instruction becomes student-centered, exciting and in-depth lessons take place.
Why a session on phones?
The session in October is to provide you with legal updates on what you should and should not be doing on your phone. What texts to fellow staff could be used in a courtroom if necessary? How about comments about students? Remember, Mr. Couros emphasized not adding students on social media and stated several times that you should never put anything online that you would not put in your classroom. On a side note, we have seen awesome things happening in classrooms that have been posted on Twitter with #wearetuskyvalley as well as pretty cool, innovative learning opportunities. Thanks to those of you who have put your learning into action!
We continue to strive to make sure every student is growing. Our curriculum maps outline how each standard is taught and how deep we go with it (DOK). Innovation, as George Couros stated, is a way of thinking that creates something new or better. What better time to review our curriculum maps and vertical alignment charts to see how deep the standards are taught. Do our lessons and assessments only measure level 1 (recall) or do we take students to level 3 and 4 where they are asked to think? Take a look at the chart below and review your own map. How can you be innovative to create something new or better that increases thinking?
I'm looking forward to our next book study on October 4th and our PD day on October 12th. More information on each of these opportunities is listed below. I continue to be amazed and inspired by the wondering things you do for TV Students! Best wishes as we finish out the first nine weeks!