An ugly start to the day: begging for just 10 more minutes of sleep at 7, a disorganized race to the door and of course, without my cell phone and ear muffs and my electric door opener went on strike in the cold and as I put my car into drive
WARNING: CHECK PRESSURE
But no turning back, I was on my way to meet up with our Highland Fall team of Social Studies/Science and Media teachers.
I arrived and parked just ahead of Jevina who joined me as we made our way up to the library. Normally, I would have taken the elevator up, but Jevina was walking and I how could I not, hold my own?.Everyone else was already settled in. What? I was usually there first or second but not last. Andrea had everyone working on the post survey and I was feeling off without my phone but I would get over it and focus. Right?
We had clear goals an activities for the day and both of us were curious to see what this set of digital essays would look like. Would everyone come with something? YES!
First everyone wrote into the day, reflecting on the year and 1/2 we had shared together and when we shared out there was a lot of talk about. Great beginning… the Andrea and I broke the group in half and gave everyone time to share their student essays using the HVWP’s protocols. Once again we harvested gold. Three teachers shared three very different pieces without worry that they would be exposed as a “bad” teacher. Nope, we were in this together, learning about each one’s process. Andrea, on the other side of library was also engaged with 3 teachers and their student work. We were running late and so lunch came first, before we shared our observations.
Andrea and I saved time and shared our observations so we could select one piece and work with Troy’s variation of the protocol that I had used with him and his book team during the summer, as we sweated through Sunday nights together, in a Google Hangout. I was missing the heat of summer…
We had time to end early with a brainstorm from Andrea, a sweet way for us to put a button on our work together. The pictures say it all 🙂
Another project at HF finished. I am SO luck!
What’s coming next?