Willingness to learn is not age-related; it’s about mindset
If you want to grow as a teacher, learning will become a way of life (1404)
“If we want to change how students learn, we must change how educators learn.” (1510)
The three quotes above (and one below) are just a few of the highlights from our book study, Innovating Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator’s Mindset and I am using them here to introduce today’s post which centers on professional learning. I love to learn and as mentioned in previous posts, I am a learning junkie and I love sharing what I learn with others.
It is also a good practice to create space within the standard work day to dig into research, collaborate, share stories with colleagues about classroom and student success, and test ideas
One of the new ways our school is promoting the importance of our own professional development is by being committed to providing time during the school day for learning and gathering. For our upper and middle school colleagues, this means offering sessions at various times during the week in our Teaching Resource Center. For our lower school, so far it means Lunch & Learns*. Today was the first webinar watch party lunch and learn session that brought together some of our lower school colleagues to watch and discuss a webinar. We then hosted another viewing of a similar webinar this afternoon. While the topics of the learning sessions or webinars are important, to me, the conversations that are sparked when professional educators get together to talk about practices, vision, ways we can make learning equitable and accessible to everyone is what I find exciting and energizing. Really, it’s the time to talk, connect, and further develop relationships that will then impact our students and the school environment that is the true benefit.
So, what did we what did we watch today? The topic was Culturally Responsive Teaching and included two webinars from edWeb: Culturally Responsive Teaching So All Learners Can Be Seen, and Getting it Right: Authoring Equity for All. EquitableYou can find the links to the webinars, resources mentioned in the webinars, relevant articles, podcasts, and additional webinars in this Wakelet.
*When I say, “so far it is Lunch & Learns” what I see is that that is only a first step. It is a good one, and I love it, but that time may not work for everyone and I want to be able to find alternate times during the school day that will work for many.