From my most recent post, my final lesson was:
Lesson Six: Provide the opportunity for sharing, presentation and peer feedback to model the professionalism, collaboration, and support that will be needed to sustain use of PD learning.We spent a good portion of the time together having everyone share a lesson they had chosen and done with students. Everyone had picked a different lesson, which was nice. Teachers who were resource teachers had actually collaborated with others in the class, so a few presented as 'teams', which was really exciting to see.
If I had to sum up what I think the biggest changes that have occurred in all these teachers as a result of this long-term, hybrid professional development it is the following:
1) They are more confident in their own ability to provide students with different ways to learn mathematics
2) They have more focus on questioning students, are more willing to let students struggle and discover, and are more focused on understanding student misconceptions
3) They WANT to use technology because they realize how powerful engagement and visualization is in helping students understand mathematics
One final note that almost everyone in each group said - they were looking forward to summer and having the time to really plan for next year because they wanted to try to use Sketchpad right from the very beginning. I am excited!
More in a few weeks, after we finish the final component - the last online unit. At that point, I will do a bit of summing up and share some of their personal goals as a result of participating in this long-term pd experience.
For the complete Hybrid PD series, click on the links below:
Planning for Hybrid PD - Comfort Level and Confidence First
Follow-up On Planning for Hybrid PD - Day 1
Follow-up On Planning for Hybrid PD - Day 2
Hybrid PD - Online Community Development Pt 1
Planning for Hybrid PD (part 2) - Develop Community and Supportive Environment
Follow-up On Planning for Hybrid PD (Part 2) - F2F Feedback
Hybrid PD - Online Community Development Pt. 2
Planning for Hybrid PD (part 3) - Make it Relevant
Follow-up On Planning for Hybrid PD (part 3) - F2F feedback
Hybrid PD - Online Community Development Pt. 3
Planning for Hybrid PD (part 4) - Teacher Input
Follow-up On Planning for Hybrid PD (part 4) - F2F Feedback
Hybrid PD - Online Community Development Pt. 4 - Student Focused!
Planning for Hybrid PD (part 5) - Make the PD Learning Their Own
Follow-up for Hybrid PD (part 5) - F2F Feedback
Planning for Hybrid PD (part 6) -Sharing and Collaboration