Thursday, June 27, 2013
This is Ann and I want to tell you about what I did today at the high school because it was very exciting! I was able to work with a group of about 30 teachers of different subject areas and grades who came together after a day of teaching their students for a 1 hour inservice with me. I introduced to them Cognitive Critical and Creative Thinking Skills for their students. It was very new for all of them so we talked about why they needed to do it. We did a brainstorming session to practice one of the creative thinking skills as well which certainly challenged them! After this "quick and dirty" intro to these concepts in which I told them they no longer were allowed to open their students heads and pour info in and close it and send them home, they saw that thinking was a good thing to do in school! I also threw at them the basic skeleton of Response to Intervention concept with some ideas and materials left behind for them to learn more about before I return next year. I hope I have lit a fire in their educational fireplace, because the educational system needs a boost. I also told them that teaching is an important job and they are an important person in their students' lives- never underestimate that! I'm happy to be back working with the children in the schools.