Friday, January 30, 2015

Professional Development

Yesterday we had an unexpected snow/ice day. Woo hoo! This week was supposed to be IN-SANE with the amount of after school commitments I had and having that day in there was perfect. I went to school anyway, planned for my sub for today (for a training I'll talk about in a moment) and got everything done for next week. Guarantee that would NOT have happened if I had taught all day yesterday since I was scheduled for a PD after school yesterday too. Whew!

I was worried that today's PD would be horrible...because you know that often we go to meetings and they sit and lecture us all the while telling us that is the worst way to teach. Thankfully, that wasn't the case today. It was very lively and engaging which made the day much more bareable.

The training was on HIV/AIDS instruction that we provide to our 4th-6th grade students each year. I had never been trained in it but have done the program with kids before. I'm glad to have had the chance to go to this training so I know what I can say and what I should defer to others.

The best part was all of the strategies we learned that I can adapt and use in other curriculum areas. One of my colleagues was at the training also and we were talking about how we could use some of these strategies for math or for vocabulary, especially in social studies since there are about a million words in each unit that they want the kiddos to know. 

In a perfect world, I would have lots of free time to create some resources using these ideas to share....but sadly, that isn't something I have right now. I am going to try to make some of them for a couple of things and see how they work out. Then maybe I'll have a project for the summer when I do have a bit more free time.


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