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Teachers and Students as Learners

Posted on January 17, 2016

by Dr. Edna Hussey on January 17, 2016

At Mid-Pacific, the teachers are as active about their learning as their students. Weʻve made professional learning an integral part of our educational program because we know that our students are the direct beneficiaries of adult learning. Consultants Dr. Anne Davies, PhD, and Sandra Herbst from Connect2Learning returned this past week to work more closely with the faculty leadership of different disciplines. This cohort of about 30 teachers representing all school divisions received leadership coaching in order to better facilitate the professional learning sessions on early-release days (thereʻs one coming up on Wednesday, January 20). As I observed the sessions, it was abundantly clear how much closer we are becoming one school, crossing school divisions and disciplines as demonstrated in the quality discussions about learning. This is a credit to the level of professionalism and commitment of our teachers and staff. We thank you, our parents, for your support of professional learning.

Seven colleagues from Kamehameha School Maui campus came to the elementary to observe how we have been integrating the use of the iPad in our classrooms. They visited multiage first-second and third-fourth grades and fifth grade. Our students were engaged in literature discussion via Edmodo, explaining their learning using Showbie, or working on Keynote presentations for an inquiry. As always, some teachers meet with visitors to explain things that were observed or to answer their questions. One of the Kamehameha teachers noted the evidence of an engaged and happy community in each classroom. She was struck by the fact that their presence in the classroom did not disrupt the studentsʻ focus and engagement in learning. In fact, students in all classrooms they visited initiated conversations with the teacher-visitors by explaining what was going on at the time of the observation and what the students were learning via the support of iPad technology. The teachers noted the studentsʻ confidence and their enjoyment working with each other. This learning environment is the result of consistent and high expectations as the students move from grade to grade and from teacher to teacher. That these visiting teachers observed these student behaviors and attitudes in the short span of two hours on our campus is a credit to the shared values of our faculty and the intelligence of our students.

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.