Good morning! Hope you had a wonderful and fulfilling week. Our temperatures have dropped a little so it is not so unbearably hot. I am thankful for this as we could breathe a little in the classrooms this week.
This year I am one of my school’s PORs (Person of Responsibility). Our mandate (given by our principal and vice-principal) is to create and deliver Professional Development (PD) sessions to the teachers at our school. At the end of the 2015-16 school year, we sent out a survey to discover what was needed. High on the list was the desire to learn the technology we are expected to use in the classroom. We decided to create a PD session at the beginning of the school year so that teachers could begin the school year on a positive note.
We decided to teach those who needed it how to use their Google Drive and create a Google document. The goal was to enable each person to create a document for Curriculum Night which would then be shared electronically with the parents. We wish to go paperless on a night which traditionally sees teachers handing out pieces of paper which are often not read. The PD took place during the entire day and was made up of three sessions. At these sessions, teachers were shown where to find the Google Drive, how to create a Google document and how to share it. In addition, people were given time to practise and begin creating their document for the curriculum evening with the parents.
The sessions went smoothly and the feedback from those who attended was positive. On Monday, our team will be meeting and we will work on what PD we will next offer to the staff. It is exciting to be a part of a change at the school – and it makes the extra work that comes with the position worthwhile.
The rest of my week went smoothly as my students and I begin to get used to one another. Routines are being established in the classroom and the children are getting used to the idea of working at centres. Next week I will add more to what we did this week – I am hoping that they will enjoy the less traditional activities.
This weekend will be spent working on my own Curriculum Night document. I have spent time this past week helping others, now it is time to do my own 🙂
Enjoy the upcoming week.
What would you tell me if we were having coffee?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane, The Part-Time Monster)