Thursday, July 10, 2014

Give it a rest!

Time to give it a rest! 
Bill and I had our last phone meeting this morning--we identified that we have taken our action research as far as possible! We're looking forward to feedback, but not until late August! A big part of being ready for students in August is to take some time now to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate. That's just what I plan to do! 

Check out our hard work on my personal site

Then, check out what's in store for the rest of my summer! 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Post-July 4th Work

Bill and I took a much needed few days off to enjoy the holiday with family and friends. We wrapped up our work so far, and await feedback from our professors. With the deadline of July 15th closer than I would like to imagine, we put in some hard work to meet the requirements. Our hope, at this point, is to make changes based on feedback. Then, we will put our work to rest (for the summer). 

In August, we have the exciting and nerve-wracking task of introducing our summer work to the rest of our colleagues at PAML; this includes the work with our 6th grade team. Though Bill and I are officially the ones carrying out the action research, we are depending on support and hard work from our teammates as well. We feel at this point, aside from what we've accomplished, we'd like our colleagues feedback and points of view on the work. 

Portfolios are a bit daunting, but we feel prepared! Our preliminary action research steps are taken care of. Our hope now is, after some tweaking, to take a break from our school lives and focus a bit more on the personal.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Post MGI Work

It's been a sweaty few days... However, I enjoyed a lovely, relaxing Sunday. That definitely aided in some of the brain drain I've been feeling. Unfortunately, my teammates and I were not as productive as we'd hoped on the last Friday at MGI. However, Bill and I have cranked out our ARP over the past few days. 

We developed our question and created a framework for our Rationale on Friday at MGI. We took this Monday to hammer our the Rationale in detail, barring a few questions based in feedback from our professors. We also looked at our year in a month by month view to get through out Implementation Plan. Our hope with our plan was to bullet activities that, though gave insight to our year with the portfolio process, did not pigeon hole us into a day to day structure. We ended our time today with Data Triangulation Matrix and our Collection and Analysis plan. 

I'm feeling pretty confident in our work so far. I hope that we can frame some general feedback questions for the coming year, and perhaps we can apply some feedback. Until then, I need to soak up some sun!

Check out our hard work so far on my site!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Round Table

Round Table!

I had the privilege to share with colleagues on our last day together at MGI. It was a great way to end a week of hard work. It's always great to hear what other teachers are doing, gain some insight, glean some inspiration, and ask for feedback!

Day 5

Happy Friday!

We started our morning meeting today with students "digitally visiting" our morning meeting. The morning meetings over the past few days have inspired my teammate and I to incorporate these gatherings into our schedule for the fall (pending agreement from our other teammates). Each day, the MGI faculty took turns running our morning meeting. These meetings took shape in different ways and offered different ways to greet students.

Bill and I talked about using our flex time on Fridays to have a Friday check in. Our 6th graders often struggle after their time off team at lunch and expos (art, PE, World Cultures). In a way to combat the after-lunch crazies, we would like to begin Friday meetings from 
1-2pm. We talked about the many possibilities this meeting time could have. In the beginning of the year, when we're just starting with our students, we could use the time to build community and foster the team belonging. Our values being around our PBiS standards (safe, responsible, respectful, readiness) as well as the norms we develop with our students. I took away a Nancy Doda quote yesterday that you can't create effective norms until you've created a community with students. I think using these meetings to create and continue community will be a wonderful addition to our team structure. We can also grow these meetings into portfolio support and work time.

And now... It's time for the action research to commence!

At the end of a long day...

Nothing like a little piano at the end of a very long day!