The focus for the year will be integrating literacy/thinking strategies into their classrooms. They have had the advantage of participating in staff development provided by their peers last year, building common language and understandings around a core of strategies used throughout their schools and districts.
They are a great group. Everyone of them had volunteered to participate! The level of energy in the room was impressive.
Over the last few days I have been reflecting on the session.
We spent the first part of the session with "housekeeping." During this time, we decided on the technology we would use during the course. We chose the NING and then-as a group-figured out how to use it. It took us a while, but we got it:) As we moved forward as a team, we collaborated and each person worked independently, but as a team.
The collaboration this group created is exactly what we look for in our students.
Reflecting on the process, I kept coming back to Costa's Habits of the Mind.
15. Thinking Interdependently: Willing to work with others and welcome their input and perspective; Abide by decisions the work group makes even if I disagree somewhat; Willing to learn from others in reciprocal situations.
I have been thinking about Costa's work for sometime. He believe intelligence is not a number
or a genetic trait so much as it is an approach to life - and it can be learned. I agree.
As I watched this group, it again confirmed my belief that these habits need to be taught to our students. The rub comes in two areas.
1. What if the teachers do not possess these traits?
2. Many of these traits are attittudes. How do we teach them?
Throughout the year I will be writing about these habits and this group.
Please join us as we explore this process together.
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