Friday, January 24, 2014

Recap: TEDxThursday 3 (January 23, 2014)

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that we are hosting TEDxThursdays during the month of January as part of our Professional Development opportunities. Each Thursday, I gather with teachers during their planning periods to unwind, learn, reflect, and discuss (and have chocolate!)
The conversations are different in every group, and I let the discussion flow as we all learn from the insights of the participants. 

It's been very exciting to see teachers opening up to new ideas and having "a-ha" moments. Usually, these TEDxThursdays  stick with them, and after a few days someone will stop me in the hallway or shoot me an email to continue sharing their reflections on the video. 

Week 3

Video 1

1. How can we foster curiosity in our students?

2. Three rules that Ramsey uses in his lesson planning:
1) Curiosity comes first
2) Embrace the mess
3) Practice reflection
What rules do you use when planning your own lessons?

3) Any other reflections?

Video 2


1.) Do you agree that “everyone needs a coach?”

2.) Phase II of our state’s accountability plan includes effective teachers and leaders. What do you think about using Bill Gates’ plan for accountability?

3) Any other reflections?

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