Melinda[a] Miller: Elementary Principal K-4
Why: Formal versus Informal PD https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dU-Dr9w8_0_1zzIHt85aVjf65paJrSGWgNsxi21KAbU/edit
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Notes from Appy Hour: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Y-BpmSFtnztyQKs3Qwy6VP6bZcQEgUIXZbTnbZuWsEw/edit
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How do I take Rocks and Sucks back to my school? Take a topic that we are discussing in your school: Daily 5: Throw out the topic and asks what rocks about the topic and what sucks about the topic. Have the teachers go to one side of the room to share their stance to the group.
One of the schools at EdCamp took it back and implemented one month later. Key: Calculate the number of people that are going to be there to allow for a certain number of sessions and group size.
Feedback: Took Rocks and Sucks back to school. During a professional learning day: Conduct Rocks and Sucks. Lots of teacher buy in and collaboration. No one moved at the end of the day. Excitement! Struggles: Finding people to share. Getting closer to the conference model. Teachers presentations. It helps to build a teacher up prior to the presentation. Make it safe for the presenter. Give a feedback card afterwards.
Idea: Appy hour once a month: Bribe teachers with food and drinks to show up. Conversations rotate around various topics. Teachers share out how they are using it in the classroom.
Plant lots of seeds: Encourage, motivate, would you be willing to write your name down in the first box so that someone else will write their name down in the first box.
Send out a google survey for possible topics and streamline so that you can find a teacher who is knowledgeable and have them present.
Try to pick broad conversations for the first hour so that people can loosen up. Do you need formal PD for what an informal PD looks like? Offer popular sessions more than one time.
First time session: Hang One big sheet: What do you want to learn today? Make sessions around the big rocks. Give normes: ok to be on your phone, to leave a session, to use your computer. App attack to close the session.
Idea: Sandwich the staff members to a safe part of the session: Highlight speakers first, staff members in the middle, highlight speakers last
Both the teachers and presenter need to be ok with the flow of the session. Start with one topic, but don’t be afraid if the topic shifts too much.
Have video comments from teachers who have been to an edcamp before: explaining the normes. Use this video to promo your school or conference prior to the event.
We need teachers not to be afraid to step their foot in and test the waters.
Make sure that the purpose of the edcamp is clearly communicated with all levels. They need a clear understanding of the normes:
brief session listing
not taking things personally
Make sure that your key players are on board and have a clear understanding of the purpose: Admin, building leadership team, etc. Know the culture of your building. If you say what sucks: Some people may never see anything that rocks. How can you give them an opportunity to see the world through a new set of lenses?
Balance: Blend instructional practices and technology concepts. You can’t teach people technology, you can teach them new learning opportunities!
Bring EdCamp to your parents: let your parents drive the conversations. Too often, we lead the conversations and the parents are asked to be good listeners. Let’s turn the tables and let them lead! :)
A big thanks to @KylePace and @LauraGilchrist4 for hosting and ROCKING out EDCampKC!!!
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