Today we had a bunch of informational portions of class, with the underlying dread of having big assignments due in the next couple of weeks.
We opened the class by writing buzz words around interviews on the board, some of which were differentiation, standards, collaboration, reflection and regents.
Next we had a presentation by Dan B. who spoke about the NSTA conference that took place in Nashville, Tennessee. Dan and two of our other classmates went to this conference, and Dan shared many experiences they had in Nashville. The two scaffolding questions were “What do we get from attending conferences/PLs?” and “how do we utilize these resources in our own classrooms and practices?” The main take-away from Dan’s presentation was that there are a lot of great ideas from PLs but the materials often need a bit of overhauling before we implement them into our classroom. Thanks for your help Dan!
We next used one of our weekly readings and related it to the Danielson modules 2C and 2E. We started off with five topics written on the board: Managing transitions, Managing physical space, Routines, Roles for students, and supporting safety. We were instructed to write what we have seen throughout our experiences in the classroom under each of the topics. This is what we came up with: We then compared what we saw in classrooms to what we saw on Danielsons’ Modules.
We then had a bit of time to work on our interview skills with our classmates which gave us an opportunity to practice the skills that will be put to the test in the next couple of weeks with Mock interviews and the Teacher Recruitment Day.
We lastly worked on our Expo plans, which are still in the works, but will show what we as a cohort have learned throughout our time at Warner.
At this point in the game, we need to remember to stay calm, and don’t procrastinate! Stay tuned!