Weekend Coffee Share: A Teaching Opportunity

weekend coffee share logo hosted at parttimemonsterblog.comGood 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 πŸ™‚

Enjoy the upcoming week.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane, The Part-Time Monster)

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22 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: A Teaching Opportunity

    1. I think it helped that people were given time to practice and that we were available to help. I helped a few people during lunch and after school. And they felt a sense of achievement when they completed the task πŸ™‚

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  1. Good luck with your work project.
    We just had a real negative experience with my son’s high school using an online parent portal to book parent teacher night and I couldn’t get on. They apparently sent home a paper note as well but my son turned it into a paper plane because he didn’t want us to go. Well, we all ended up down with the flu and he’s missed 10 days of school and we were too sick to even crawl out the front door.
    Sometimes this new technology enables communication with the school but I also feel that it’s a fob off. Or a sense that we’ve communicated with us but if we can’t access your message, we haven’t been reached. I also really beleive in that face-toface contact with teachers and the school but it’s harder to pull of as kids get older and my daughter now goes to school a fair distance from home and it’s not possible.
    Hope you have a great week.
    xx Rowena

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    1. Teaching high school is different to elementary (I have taught both). When teaching the lower grades, you can organize to meet all of the parents in the one day you are given to do so. With the higher grades it is impossible as a teacher often has 150 students. My advice is that if you cannot see the teacher on the interview night, contact the teacher by leaving a message at the school and arrange to see him/her at an alternative time. This is important to do if you have a concern about your son.

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      1. Thanks very much. It’s always the kid who tears of the note, whose parents need to be seen! We have one last week of school and hopefully I’ll be well enough to get up there before they go on holidays.
        Hope you have a great week.
        xx Rowena

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  2. Good luck with your project C – – and I always enjoy hearing about your work experiences – and even enjoyed the comment about the difference between upper and lower grades – your blog is such a resource to have out there ! πŸ˜‰

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  3. I have been thinking about this PD. I find it hard to believe a teacher today needs to be taught how to create a document. Maybe it is because in Idaho schools children have a computer. I guess may not be true in all areas. The state provides the computer and the Wi-Fi to the schools.. Maybe I need to learn how to use Google Drive. It might be my answer to storing certain notes Ivuse all the time. I feel pretty good sure. I can teach myself.

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    1. What they needed to learn was to create a document on Google Docs instead of using Word. Why? So they could share the document via the internet instead of printing the required number of copies to hand out to the parents.

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  4. It’s a good feeling to be able to support one’s colleagues in learning something new. While this lesson was for a specific purpose, I’m sure the benefits will flow into other areas as well. I hope the planning for your session went well, as I’m sure it did. The parents will be thrilled to find out what’s in store for their children this year. And they’ll be grateful for not having a wad of paper to carry home, as long as they are able to refer back to the Google doc throughout the year, which I assume is so. Have a good week.

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  5. What a great idea for a professional development and for the parent night. I’m doing a writing enrichment with some kids and I’m thinking this would be a good way to share stuff with the parents without having to pay for printing (the school doesn’t provide it and I don’t have a working printer)!

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