Can we harness the engagement our students find in project-based learning in our own professional development? This is an idea I've been playing around with for quite some time and I think it's time to make some moves together to re-imagine the Professional Learning at CVMS.
The following excerpt from an Edutopia post on Facebook caught my attention this week:
Professional development. The phrase has a lot of connotations: Some may think of a trainer talking at them for a full day while others remember a fantastic and practical workshop or a meaningful conversation with a student or colleague. I see a clear parallel to the term project. Say “project” to someone, and they might recall a truly valuable experience or perhaps a complete waste of time. However, we know that when we adopt the mindset and essentials of project-based learning with students, we can improve upon existing projects or create new and better ones. Can we use PBL to improve professional development?
Here is the link to the entire article if you want to dig deeper: http://tinyurl.com/jz8cqkg
Be ready to bring ideas, questions and curiosity to our next staff meeting. Working to improve our Professional Learning will be the only topic.
Sweater-Kinney performing in Paris.
So, some of you might not know this about me. I love music. All kinds. And I raised my kids to love music. All kinds. It's the glue that holds our family together across the miles between us. I get updates from both Olivia and Clara about the music they are listening to right now and the shows they love. I raised them on a steady diet of old school punk, early 90's grunge and riot grrrl anthems. When they were in middle school I took them to their first real show, X, at the Crystal Ballroom. They witnessed their first mosh pit. Clara loved it and pushed her way to the very front. Olivia was traumatized. I think I'm going to have to pay for therapy later in her life. Two groups from their childhood are playing tonight at the Crystal: Sleater-Kinney and Colin Meloy of the Decemberists. Doug and I are going. The kids are deeply jealous. Seriously jealous. This makes me happy on a variety of levels. I may be a bit sleepy tomorrow and depending on the set, my ears may still be ringing. But, I'll have a big smile on my face all day. Ask me about the show tomorrow. I'm going to take a nap now so I can make it through the last set.