Confession: I watched all the videos before I even opened the book. Love everyone of them and when I started reading I heard Kate and Maggie reading the book to me personally. As I read chapters 1,2 and the Bonus several key phrases grabbed me, and I stopped to write them in my notebook.
- We must first identify what the obstacle to getting the job done is exactly. p. 2
- We are able to SHIFT CURRENTS in our teaching when we step back, reflect upon the root issue. p. 3
- We hope they need us less, not more. p. 3
- The tools inspire the kids to work as hard as we are. p. 8
- Every journey includes the need to solve problems. p. 11
I have been reflecting on how to shift ownership in my classroom. Wondering how my students can take more ownership in their learning. The first three sections felt like a counseling session that I didn't have to pay too much for. I could hear both of them telling me, "We've been there." there is power in knowing that you're not the only one questioning your practice.
My lightbulb moment was with the first bullet. I always jump right into the solution. I could list all the reasons why I do that but as a teacher we all know those reasons. I am learning to slow down and becoming more of a diagnostician. Listening, observing, listening, observing more. Asking questions in conferences have helped me to try and assess the learning concern. Last summer, I learned the importance of the word "yet" I try to remember that as I can't find the best tool for the job. Now I have four new tools in my toolbox and I am ready to shift the currents in my classroom in August.
Thanks to Cathy, Laura and Michelle for hosting this summer #cyberPD, I am excited to learn along with everyone.
- Week of July 3rd—Chapters 1- 2 & Bonus
- Week of July 10th—Chapters 3-4
- Week of July 17—Chapters 5-6
- Week of July 24—Final Twitter Chat