Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Trials, tribulations, celebrations?

So, just checking in with everyone to see how things are going. I will try to touch base via this blog once a week at least to stimulate conversations around your progress.

It is entirely possible that you have looked at all that is on your plate at the beginning of the year and said - WAIT, let me start my engine.....realize two things: I am sure you are not alone in that thought and secondly, your thoughts now will probably be many of the thoughts all our teachers will have a year or so from now!

On the flip side if you have been able to carve some time to get after Instructional Planner some, feel free to share how it is going so far.  We will be setting up another day for Ann to come back with us for more training, but it will be a good idea to have some data for us to use when she comes. IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT!! We are all about learning it - we make mistakes, do better next time, etc. It is OK at this point not to do everything perfect - we will learn from that too!!

Start some discussion by leaving a comment......let's get this blog blogging :):)


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Scheduled Study Group time for September!

Hey all - I am going to arrange some after school times that, if you are free and would like to work with a cohort on inputting plans into IP, there will be a place and time to do so :) It was suggested by one of our team members, and also something I had been thinking about too! I am going to start by offering up Wednesdays this next month of September, beginning with the 8th of Sept each week. I know we have secondary and elementary so out times are different, but if I look at the ERC boardroom as a meeting place after school on Wednesdays we could meet there whenever you can be there - and for however long you want to stay. I will plan to be there from 3:30 - 6:00 (at the latest b/c I have a small group at church at 6:15 on Wednesdays).
No pressure just an offer to set up a time to come and work together, no requirement. A scheduled time that is available if you want some face to face time with others as you try to make headway on the IP.
After September we can re-assess day/time etc. or if people are utilizing this set aside work session.
Again - not required, but I know if I have something on a schedule with other people, I do better at getting to a task.
Let me know if you plan to come during a week just so I know how many to expect, etc. If you don't and decide you want to come at the last minute - COME :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

In the beginning there were binders....

Hi everyone. The idea behind this blog is to share our growing pains together. Perhaps have some collaboration without having to convene a face to face meeting to talk about how it is going, ask questions of each other, share something cool you discovered.

Just a couple of notes on my end. You will all find that Kreft is now Kreft Primary. Also, that when you want to share a unit with someone at the high school you really aren't seeing double or for some names, triple! And even though a teacher that commutes between schools like Jennifer Williams can't actually choose from all the classes of all the schools, the company has shared a fix, or a way around it. I have shared that with Jennifer already, but when all teachers begin to train, etc. it will be something to remember about. 

This blog could be a powerful tool for us if utilized. Take a risk, give it a try and when you feel like you are butting your head against the proverbial wall, BLOG! Post your frustration, your issue because you probably aren't alone in it :):)

Thanks and if nothing else just let me know you are on the other end :)