Saturday, July 2, 2011
Create, Reflect, Revise
This is a big summer for St. Christopher's School. We have a 1:1 program launching in the fall, our school will be celebrating its centennial, and we will be opening the Luck Leadership Center in January 2012. So in the midst of all of the excitement, I find it is critical that as we create new and engaging activities for our boys, we must also be mindful to reflect and revise as needed.
A true master teacher/learner will reflect on the outcomes of their lesson or activity and will take the time to revise the approach to maximize learning. At a recent PD activity on Google docs for the faculty, I opted to share my notes with the attendees rather than give them hard copies. In so doing, I was able to augment the notes with their ideas and suggestions after the class. It was quite easy to amend the notes and best of all, I didn't have to resend an updated version because the document was shared. Having done this 2x and with several more PD sessions remaining throughout the summer, my latest reflection has prompted me to give the participants editing capabilities so we can truly benefit from our collective efforts.
We've been using this approach in our tech dept meetings to collect minutes and document action items so why not extend it to the classroom. It's like a wiki on steroids with the benefits of concurrent users.