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Fall Action Plan
I. Personal Statement As I think about my fall action plan and goals and reflect on my job and goals to date, I do realize how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to grow and learn and to help others do the same. I enjoy the challenges of technology and figuring how best to implement it to support learning. I equally enjoy building learning relationships that allow us to explore good pedagogy and curriculum in a one to one environment. I am looking forward to an excellent year in which we implement a number of good ideas and complete the move to becoming a one to one upper school. My job has evolved from integrating technology by exposing faculty to tools to integrating technology by designing curriculum and exploring pedagogical best practices in a one to one school. My job has become equal parts professional development for faculty, curriculum design, and determination of technology solutions.
II. Strengths Using Charlotte Danielson¶s materials and your spring reflection notes (if available), choose 4 (or more) criteria (e.g., 3d, Using Assessment in Instruction) that represent your strengths as a teacher. Briefly discuss below. Criteria 1a.
Demonstrating Knowledge of Content & Pedagogy
y y y Knowledge of Content Knowledge of Prerequisite Relationships Knowledge of Content-Related Pedagogy Knowledge of Charactersitics of Age Group Congruence with Instructional Goals Criteria and Standards Use for Planning Variety/ Alternative assessment Importance of the Content Student Pride in Work Expectations for Learning and Achievement Lesson Adjustment Response to Students o Persistence
Notes This resides within the TPACK framework ± and alludes to differentiation and assessment
Student Learning y y
y 2b. Establishing
a Culture for Learning y y
This is a focus for our work next year and, ideally, we should pilot faculty (my students) portfolios to assess their understanding of things This is the environment we are working to create in US I¶m pretty flexible and can roll with thingstechnology does that to you
3e.Demonstrating Flexibility and Responsiveness
Effective Teaching at MICDS 4e. Growing and Developing Professionally
y y y Service to Students Advocacy Decision Making
I¶m also pretty strong in ongoing learning
My strengths lie in my ability to learn rapidly and to build relationship as well as in my passion for challenges and ideas. I have used these strengths to try to move the upper school to become a community of designers as defined by Mishra and will continue to do so this year. III. Goals for the Year Using Charlotte Danielson¶s materials, select 2 or 3 goals based on criteria you want to focus on for the year. Briefly discuss below. Criteria 4a.Reflecting
Accuracy Use in Future Teaching
y y y
Students in Learning y y y
Learning Activities Instructional Material and Resources Instructional Groups Lesson and Unit Structure Representation of Content Activities and Assignments Groupings of Students Instructional Materials and Resources Structure and Pacing
Notes I blog to reflect and it forces me to flush out my thinking and learn more deeplyits good- This needs to live in faculty and students at MICDS and I hope to help make that happen. This will be a year of curriculum revision and design- it will be great fun but we have to keep essential questions, enduring understandings and skills in our focusand not fall back on what we did last year- we can¶t just re-chunk stuff This is where I believe we all need to live- If we are sincere about developing lifelong learners, we need to engage students in the learning process either by leveraging their intrinsic motivation or by creating curiosity and relevance. We need to create learning environments that best serve students passions and interests rather that our own.
My personal goals this year will be to develop an even deeper understanding of pedagogy and curriculum design in a ubiquitous environment and to expand the application of TPACK to our program. I will also work to make sure that initiative are not located in personalities but have roots in the institution so that our changes are sustainable. More institutional goals are attached. IV. Peer Observation
Effective Teaching at MICDS In my job, I get to do a ton of peer observations. I will make sure that I observe each department chair this year with an eye towards tech integration, differentiation, and formative assessment. I will also use observations to support the TPACK evaluation and faculty portfolio.
Your Professional Development Needs and Interests 21st Century Learning Summit (http://www.solutiontree.com/Public/InstituteDetail.aspx?node=&parent=&ProductID=CFF266 ) Hathaway Brown Innovation Summit http://www.hb.edu/page.cfm?p=2138 Maybe Educon and ASCD
y y VI.
All School Committee Work Please list any committees of which you are ±or plan to be²a member. y Upper School Learning Committees (suggesting 4- Portfolios, Differentiation, PBL, and Scope and Sequence/Common Language y Academic Committee y TLC (?) Please describe what you¶ve done over the past year to grow professionally. This can include workshops attended or presented, books read about pedagogy or curriculum, etc.
This could take quite awhile Learning is a necessary part of the job that I do. Some of that learning is specifically for me and I make decisions about technologies that we should pursue and filter out those that do not seem to be a match to our school culture. Some of the learning is about curriculum, pedagogy, theory and is something I try to then share with the Upper School community. Much of the learning is in collaboration with Upper School faculty. We are becoming much better at following up on professional development experiences and sharing them with the greater community. My PD wiki is a source of details about readings I¶ve done and presentations I¶ve given. http://helfantpd.wikispaces.com/
Effective Teaching at MICDS
Conferences Organized/Convened y MICDS Summer Teacher Institute 2010 (http://micdssummerpd2010.wikispaces.com/) y MICDS Summer Teacher Institute 2009 (http://micdssummerpd09.wikispaces.com) y K12Online Conference 2009
Conferences Attended y Educon ±Fri-Sun, Jan 29-30, 2010 y ASCD ± Wed-Monday, March 3-8, 2010 y Lausanne Laptop Institute Sat-Tues, July 17-20,, 2010 y METC Tuesday, Feb 10, 2010 Presentations: METC y Rethinking Assessment MICDS Summer Teacher Institute
Effective Teaching at MICDS y y UbD, DI, and TPACK Acronyms for Learning Portfolios in the Classroom
University of Chicago Lab School y Journey to 1-to-1 y Technology in the Math Classroom Lausanne y Collaboration, Peer Review, and Reflection = Lifelong Learning y Cool Project or Essential Learning Experience y Formative and Portfolio Assessment y Making English Relevant for Today¶s Students y Professional Development ± Creating Teachers who live in the TPCK ³sweet spot´ y Re-Thinking Homework in Light of Technology y Research in a Digital World y Training the Integrator y Using Technology to Differentiate the Classroom Virtual Presentations NCTE ± Monday May 10, 2010 Implications of Assessments Given 21st Century Student Work Tandem Session Presented By: William Kist, George Mayo, and Elizabeth Helfant DyKnow Training Sessions
School Visits y Lovett School y University of Chicago Lab School (in conjunction with the presentation we gave and on a Saturday following a consulting jobMet with the tech director to explore Tidebreak¶s ClassSpot software. y Glenbrook North High School - Chicago Consulting I include consulting because I have never done a job where I did not learn something. I also include it to be transparent about it. This year I took 10 of my vacation days to do consulting work (Educational Collaborators-EC) and did an additional 4 Saturday sessions. I believe that 10 days of my vacation time is sustainable but do not plan to take more than that as I need some days for me. I will continue to do a handful of Saturday sessions. y 1 day Brookstone School (allowed me to visit Lovett School for a half day as well since travel and accommodations were paid for by EC)
Effective Teaching at MICDS y y y y 4 days Round Lake (2 Saturday sessions and 2 sessions from 2-8PM allowing me to work on MICDS stuff from 9-12 on both of those days) 3 days Daviess County KY 3 days (1 Sat) St Mary¶s Central 3 days New Berlin High School
Powerful Learning Practice ± Expert Voice for ADVIS Cohort MICDS Outreach y Taylorsville PD Day- Hixenbaugh¶s father is superintendent ± did a half day session on moodle ± left MICDS at 11AM ± Louise did not count this as vacation time-
Learning on Time Off ± I took 11 vacation/personal days and have 4 remaining. Below are the learning experiences I had on those days. y Friday July 30th ± spent a half day at St Christopher¶s in Richmond talking to Hiram Cuevash, Director of Academic Tech, about their technology program. We spent some time looking at the Dell tablet, Windows 7 features, and talking Live.edu. Monday August 2 ± Spent half day at VCU understanding action research and measuring TPACK for teachers Tuesday August 3- Spent 2 hours with William and Mary discussing their use of TPACK rubrics for assessing TPACK in curriculum
VIII. Fall Meeting with Department Chair / Curriculum Coordinator I meet regularly with Department chair and will continue to do so. I also attend many grade level planning sessions in order to develop appropriate PD and to assist with designing curriculum
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