While visiting MSS last week I realized that being a big dreamer in education does not mean that I will be dreaming big alone. Imagine! An entire building filled with dreamers who have made those dreams a reality. This school was truly inspiring and one day I hope that this type of school is a commonality.
I often try to summarize with my students in "Top 5 Lists" or "140 characters or less", so here is my attempt to summarize the visit to MSS:
What I learned Top 5 List:
1. Flexibility will open up more opportunities for collaboration
2. There is not way to dream up what could be if we are stuck in what is.
3. Think beyond your classroom, outcomes, grade.
4. Great projects and collaboration start with great professional conversation.
5. Utilize/exploit as many community experts as humanly possible.
Twitter-style 140 characters or less summary:
"Dream big to see growth & big ideas #Flexibility is key! #gobigorgohome"
After an very full day of awesome PD, I plan to do the following with what I've learned:
- Begin Curriculum Mapping for Social Studies 7, 8, 9. After learning what a curriculum map is and how useful this document is (versus an archaic long range plan) I know this is something I want to focus on even for next year.
- Use the PBL planning tool from MSS to plan out the "Weber BUX market" project to include Language Arts, Social Studies and Math for Grade 9.
- Attempt one Cross-Graded PBL project with Grade 4 and Grade 7 Social Studies focused on the Metis in early Canada.
- Build a project with the Social Studies 8 teacher from MSS for our students to do together (based around the Louvre and Renaissance Art)
Mrs. Katherine (Kate) Weber