Posted on November 10, 2017
The concept of teachers teaching teachers is a professional learning model that is working well for us! As an administrator having seen the evolution of professional learning over 14 years at Mid-Pacific, I was deeply gratified to see faculty assuming leadership roles in the planning and presentation of several topics generated by teachers themselves.
The morning menu of choices: a book club on professional reading (Ritchartʻs Creating Cultures of Thinking, 2015), sharing assessment practices following the assessment guidelines we developed two years ago, building the framework for teachers to learn from one another by visiting classrooms, taking a deep dive on understanding studentsʻ behaviors that impede learning, probing the relationship between happiness and motivation, and even attending a Courage to Teach retreat off campus. Teachers of math, dance, music, and world languages could also meet to focus on instruction and assessment in their respective disciplines.
This was the second Unconference experience for teachers in the afternoon. Any teacher can suggest a topic related to teaching, and all can attend a topic discussion of choice, e.g. coding, digital tools for assessment, connecting classroom to non-profits, time management, political correctness in the classroom, an international faculty panel, living with mental illness, the ethics of Hawaiian pronunciation. Three sessions are scheduled.
It is a rich, full day where the teaching professional shines. But hereʻs what I especially appreciate and marvel at -- seeing teachers across grade levels and disciplines discussing together, writing together, eating together, playing together, learning together.
Only at Mid-Pacific.
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.