L'Instant du Mentorat
So, here we are in March and my TLLP team and I, including my principal headed to Ottawa to meet with some teachers and to visit classrooms in the Ottawa Catholic School Board. These teachers all started out 'flipping' their classrooms. As my team continues to create homework videos for the kids, regularly, we needed a 'now what'. I was happy with the reaction to the videos from both students and parents alike (although it is not the same for our gr. 8 teachers - that will be another entry) and wanted to better understand how we could further embed technology into our flipped learning model. Our inquiry activities were on the increase, but we still weren't finding them exciting or engaging enough. They were still 'events' and I wasn't entirely happy with that. My friend Tammy Doyle, an incredible teacher with the OCSB, and also a previous TLLP lead teacher, welcomed us into her gr. 1 class with open arms. Actually, she and her teaching partner Linda almost had to hold us up as we watched the incredible things going on in a number of classrooms.
She warned us, "This may change the direction of your TLLP a bit!" It has.
1) a unique classroom environment to meet needs of many types of learners
2) team teaching - teachers share the responsibility for students from a variety of classes
3) technology truly being utilized by the students - not as a toy or to play games on, but as a learning tool.
4) inquiry embedded in practice
5) space maker
6) STEM - science, technology, engineering and math
7) self-regulated, self-directed, focussed, happy, engaged children
8) strong communications amongst students to complete tasks
This just skims the surface. As my TLLP team looked around in wonderment we all agreed, "We want this too!"
So with brains full, excitement brimming and knowing we had full support from our principal and could fall back on the Ottawa teachers as we went along, the car ride back to Uxbridge entailed tonnes of note taking and discussions about what to do first. Here is what we decided... to make a video for our students and to bring their ideas into the mix. We wanted parents to see it too and to get everyone feeling our excitement.