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Digital Teaching and Learning @PCHS │ May 1, 2018

Professional Learning - It's Not a 1 and Done

Professional learning is an ongoing process. We learn, examine, practice, reflect and continue that cycle. It's a mindset.

Having the opportunity to collaborate with our team provides us that concentrated time to dig into the curriculum, develop the resources needed to embed into our lessons, look at our outcomes, examine the data to see if we're meeting those outcomes. Those conversations are vital and continual.

Another step in this collaborative professional learning journey is the opportunity to see the results of that collaboration in action. That means, open our doors to each other. Some of the best professional learning happens when we see others in action.

In an effort to encourage this continued process, we are offering you an opportunity. For the last couple weeks of instruction, stop in someone's room for 20 minutes, 30, 60 or the entire period. We'll give you professional learning credit for your time. Make arrangements with a teacher in advance, or look for an "#ObserveMe" sign in their window or on their door. You'll find an #ObserveMe sign attached this newsletter.

No evaluation, no rubrics, just active sharing and collaborating!

Want to step it up a notch and receive feedback? Let me know and we'll get you set up for that!


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What do you do if you're welcoming another staff member into your classroom?
  1. Print out the attached sign. Personalize it if you want.
  2. Indicate what your doing in class on the sign if you want. Use the "running with scissors" side if you want any observer to know that you're trying something new or that the day might be an adventure.
  3. Tape the sign to your door or window for other teachers to see.

What do you do if you're observing a class?

  • Scan the QR code on the #ObserveMe sign. Fill out the accompanying form to receive PD credit.
  • Walk into the classroom and find a place to observe.
  • Be positive.
  • Find something to take away from the experience.
  • Thank the teacher for providing the opportunity.

Let's start a culture of observation!


Which Digital Tools are You Using?

We've had a lot of freedom at Pine Creek regarding the tools we choose to use. We'd like to continue having you, the experts, continue to be the ones choosing the tools your students use. That's why we are asking you to partner with us.

Partner with us and help us ensure your tools for classes, teams, clubs and activities are approved and ready for to use when you need them. PLAN AHEAD. Visit Pine Creek's Resource List; it includes the resources submitted by you. Don't see the one you'd like to use? Visit the District database. Still don't see your resource? Fill out the Digital Tool Application and we'll get it submitted to District IT for approval. Once the tool is approved, we'll update our list and inform you. This process takes time, especially if a purchase needs to be made.

Please be patient with us and the District as we embark on this new process. The District database is continually being updated as is our own resource list. Our goal is to ensure you have the resources you need while protecting our students' privacy.

Have questions? Contact anyone of your Digital Resource Team members, Susan, Sasha or Steve.

What can your Digital Learning Coach do for you?

  • Share with you what tools we have available to you and your students
  • Show you how to use the tools we have
  • Push out course-specific apps to you and your students
  • Co-teach with you so that you can focus on the content and I can focus on the tool and any digital issues
  • Trouble-shoot issues, iPad and Desktop
  • Share our Vision and what it means as we travel down the road towards making that it real
  • Help you plan and reflect on lessons using digital tools
  • Provide Digital Citizenship tips and resources

I'm here to serve you!