Wednesday, October 30, 2013

After #LEA2013, CLS teachers share and collaborate

If you are ever looking for a great way to share and collaborate after a conference, I recommend the set-up that our faculty used today. Each teacher was responsible for a 10-minute presentation for their colleagues about something they learned at the 2013 LEA Convocation. We had 15 teachers who needed to present in 4 sessions. The schedule and registration form can be found HERE, and it will give you an idea of how the time was structured. This was a great way for teachers to really consider how they were going to take some information from the conference and apply it to their instruction and classrooms. Since we had 4 teachers presenting at one time, everyone had a choice in which presentation they wanted to attend. Many of the teachers received enough hard copies or digital copies of the resources that were shared at the conference and then were able to share them with their colleagues here at Central Lutheran School. In addition, our tech coach Amanda Graham, has created a folder in Google Drive for us to archive the resources from the conference. Our hope is that the conference and this sharing time will encourage collaboration to continue.

Teachers' Reflections on #LEA2013

Later this afternoon, the CLS teachers will use their faculty time to present to each other about what they learned, or what they plan to implement, from their time at the LEA Convocation last week. Fifteen teachers attended the conference. We have four sessions that are ten minutes long. Three or four teachers are presenting in their classroom during each session, and all the remaining teachers had to sign up to attend a presentation by another teacher. This is a new method for us and I look forward to seeing how the collaboration and sharing benefits our faculty.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Rise and Shine!

This is a quick blog post to describe what I saw walking into a classroom this morning. We had three days without school last week so our teachers could attend the LEA Convocation in Milwaukee. I was going through as many classrooms as possible first thing in the morning, and I walked into Mr. Wichman's classroom. He was in the middle of telling his students the following:

  1. He started by telling them that by Friday he was missing all of his students.
  2. He talked about how we need to Rise and Shine! We need to live out our faith each and every day as a response to the great gifts we have received.
  3. He also talked about the grace we receive, and how that grace is not cheap. 
This was minutes after this particular 8th grade had walked in for English class and he was immediately sharing his experience from the convocation with them. It was exciting to see the immediate application from a great experience last week. I'm very proud of our teachers at Central Lutheran School, and I look forward to seeing more ways that we can incorporate what we learned last week in our classrooms.

Friday, October 25, 2013

#LEA2013 - Social Educators

Welcome to the 2013 LEA Convocation and the session Social Educators. To get us started, here are a few things that you can do before the session begins.

     FIRST, click HERE to fill out a quick Google form to let us know about you.

   SECOND, click HERE to join the conversation during this session on Today's Meet, a backchannel tool that works great in sessions like this, or even in your classroom.

   FINALLY, observe the Todays Meet feed on your device and the Twitter feed on the projector in front of you.

We look forward to learning together with you!