On Friday, we spent most of the day working in our triads and sharing information with other teachers. It was probably the first time that many of the teachers heard what the other groups were doing. What I loved about it was the great diversity of inquiries that are going on in our three schools. I am firmly convinced that this is how we learn as a community.
It is always tempting to focus just on one topic - say the assessment loop. People who follow this approach say that the same language circulates around the school and you can see the same thing going on in every class. To me, there is value in following the same learning plan, but I think this limits your creativity.
There is so much to investigate and learn about education. Just a quick look at Twitter will show you that there a huge variety of topics being studied all the time. Take a look here at some of the topics being discussed in this very small sampling of Twitter:
This is a short sampling of one of the Twitter lists I have made - it is full of new ideas every day. You also might want to consider Scoop.it - this service will deliver articles to your inbox every day. The articles are based on your interests. This is part of a sample e-mail I receive every day
This again is only a small sample of a daily e-mail I get from Scoop.it
Then there is Zite - free on your iPad. Here is part of their description of what they offer:
With so much information available online today, it’s increasingly difficult and time-consuming to find the content we want. That’s where Zite comes in. Zite evaluates millions of new stories every day, looking at the type of article, its key attributes and how it is shared across the web. Zite uses this information to match stories to your personal interests and then delivers them automatically to your iPad or iPhone.
These are just three. If you want, pick one and play with it over the summer. As we move into the third year of the triad process, now is the best time to open yourselves up to new sources of information to inform your practice.
Friday was really a great day -we were are all exploring new and exciting ideas. I know our teachers will keep it up, maybe one of these tools will help. Whatever happens, it will be very exciting!