I'm sitting in the lobby of our hotel with my colleagues waiting to go to the airport absolutely tired from five days of the most incredible experiences at High Tech High in San Diego, California. Being chosen to be a representative of Mark Oliphant College is professionally one of the best experiences of my life (I know that is sappy but it's true).
This morning I (along with everyone else from MOC) did a POL (presentation of learning) where I presented to a group consisting of students from HTH, teachers from HTH, teachers from MOC and teachers from Israel. In the presentation I spoke about what I have taken away from the week, what I'm taking home to MOC and presented a project that I am thinking of creating.
This is an overview of what I said
Reflections on my learning to date (three things I’m taking away) · Put people first programs second, if you give the program (curriculum) to the teachers that they have to teach, they have no ownership over it. · The expectations at HTH on the teachers are the same for the students especially in critiquing (Kind, Helpful & Specific). · Know what is the final product going to look like (do it before the kids, this I didn’t agree with but I have changed my mind over the week)
For my own practice and taking it back to MOC (lead from behind)
· Not enough reflection in my classroom · I don’t communicate expectations early enough (all the time). · I need my students to be able to field questions (all the time). · Reflect on how students get to their final product. · We need to put on better exhibitions and presentations of Learning (POLs)