After 5 weeks of getting everything rolling with our new math program and inputting a TON of new students in to Google for their GAFE accounts, I finally got out this week to do my favorite thing-work with teachers and kids! In three trainings, I realized upon reflection that I did staff development 3 different ways. I thought it could be helpful to others to share.
A teacher leader and I partnered to introduce Google Drive and Docs to a group of teachers. It was a really fun way to work with teachers. We were able to set up a slide deck for Drive but we only used about 1/2 of it since we really wanted the teachers to drive the session with their needs and wants.
We began the PD with a check in using @Padlet which was super helpful. And for the next hour we worked WITH teachers to answer their questions about Drive and Docs and model some of the features. We also had them practice sharing documents with us. It was a HUGE success and I can't wait until we do the next training!
This is the kind of training I love-one where I go in to the classroom and work with students and their teacher at the same time. For this session, we (the classroom teacher and I) got everyone signed in to their GAFE accounts and then we got them logged in to the teacher's Google Classroom. Have two teachers to introduce a new product or skill with a large group makes it so much easier. I've worked quite a bit with this teacher and we are pretty comfortable team-teaching. We successfully got every student logged in, and the teacher even created an assignment in Google Classroom for the students to complete while I was there. It was so great to see the teacher and the students get what they needed. I'm already scheduled to go back and work with the class.
My last PD model this week is more traditional. EXCEPT nothing I do is really all that traditional. Yes-I was in front of the group talking. But the teachers in this session also logged in to my Google Classroom account to see what it looks like as a student. I created an assignment for the teachers that they completed. I also started the session with a Padlet check in to find out what they wanted to learn. They LOVED this model because they not only got to see the student side, but I was projecting the teacher side on the IWB. Of course we went off on a tangent in to Google Docs but Docs is so embedded in to classroom the teachers did need to see it. What's even better is that when I go back, I'm know what I'm going to dive deeper in to. And I can't wait!
Staff Development 3 Ways in 2 days!