The trend of positivity continues at Brandon! Our Executive Director of Education, Mrs. Spann, began our day with great professional learning about Cultures of Thinking. At Brandon we are all about making thinking visible and intentionally nurturing the cultural forces in our room to help every student recognize the value of their thinking. We value thinking of students, families, and staff.
Always leading by example, Mrs. Spann led the K-5 Brandon staff in a "Word, Sentence, Phrase" thinking routine. The routine works like this: "Review the text that you have read, select a sentence that was meaningful to you and helped you gain a deeper understanding of the text, a phrase that moved, engaged, provoked or was in some way meaningful to you, and a word that captured your attention or struck you as powerful." (from arizona.edu, taken from Project Zero) Mrs. Spann used a web tool called Padlet to capture the teachers thinking about the article. Padlet is a flexible tool that operates like a digital cork board where users can post in a "sticky note" format. It's a great way to collect thinking quickly using computers, tablets, or smartphones.
The second part of our day was led by my teammate and partner teacher, Mrs. Gieselman. She is also the math coach for our elementary schools. Mrs. Gieselman led great development about the new Bridges math program we adopted district wide. The program uses visual models and multiple strategies to help create a deep understanding of math for students. Mrs. Gieselman used Infuse Learning to collect feedback about her training today. She will use the data collected to meet the needs of teachers and students in the future. Infuse Learning is a learner response system that works on many platforms as well, and allows a teacher to collect information quickly and efficiently.
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