59:33 minutes (27.26 MB)
Spring Renewal. Do our classrooms have seasons too? We discussed if there were spring/seasonal differences that affect our teaching and our students. Does your classroom change? The building staff? You?
Lisa was off on vacation this week while Maria and Sheila discussed
working with Colleagues. What can we expect? How can we value
differences and create unity? Maria shared a tool called True Colors.
Many participants took the test to find out their personality "color."
Scott Shelhart (orange) joined the orange and green personalities for a
short bit. Although finding out about yourself is interesting, the
important part is learning how others perceive you, how you can work
with others knowing this information and not prejudging.
In this show, Maria, Lisa and Sheila discussed homework. What is it? An extension of school, work done at home? And what is its purpose? Is it required by the school and/or expected by parents? Should every grade level have homework?
Your homework for March 13th's show - Write down 5 events in your life that lead you into the field of education.
Note - We will take a winter break for Feb. 27 and March 6, 2011.
This week we used an article by Alfie Kohn to try to tackle the question, What does readiness to learn really mean? We had a great conversation but didn't come up with many answers. We did come up with our next topic: When we collect data, what data do we want? What is the purpose of data collection? We will be back on January 9th to discuss that topic.