Professional Learning Communities

TxDHH Learning Bites 4/30/18


Learning happens anytime we reflect on something we have experienced. That experience could be a formal professional development workshop we have participated in, or it could be a quote we heard or read, a video we watched, or book we read.

The TxDHH Learning Bites addresses a topic relevant to deaf educators by providing resources in various sized bites! Whether you have 1, 5, or 15 minutes, or you choose to dig much deeper, you will find resources to help make an impact on you and your students.

For more information, check out our Video!

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Why this topic?

Typically a Professional Learning Community is "a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise, and works collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students."

But this isn't a "book group." A PLC is made up of "a school's professional staff members who continuously seek to find answers through inquiry and act on their learning to improve student learning." (Huffman and Hipp 2003)

So, let's work together to help grow our PLCs and make them stronger!

How will this work?

Below are four different learning opportunities on the weekly topic, each requiring a different level of time commitment and involving different types of materials. Think about how you prefer to learn and how much time you want to commit. Then choose one (or more) of the activities or articles below.

If you prefer a topic other than the weekly topic, we have included Mental Health Musings, Terp Topics, and Learning Tech Bytes for you to consider.

When you complete your PD, follow the directions at the bottom of the Learning Bites Smore to apply for your Continuing Professional Education credits.

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Just a Minute PD

Read the quote below. What does it mean to you? Think about what it says as you answer the reflection questions below.
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Prefer to Read a Blog or Watch a Video?

Check Out This Blog - Ranger Tech

Ranger Tech is an awesome blog that was created by Deaf Educator, Tamara Copeland-Samaripa. She is an amazing teacher who uses a flipped classroom model quite often. Her expertise in the areas of Deaf Education and Technology in the classroom. She is very involved in the Deaf Ed personal learning network on Twitter. Just check out the #DeafEd for more information on upcoming chats! You can also follow her blog to learn some excellent new ways to use technology in your classroom.

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Imperfect Human Beings?

Read the quote below. Digest it. Mull it over. Ponder it. Consider it. Is it okay to be an imperfect human who works on a team with others? How can we learn to be more gracious when we disagree with our team members? How can we learn to be more flexible? What characteristics may help us when working on a team?

Mental Health Musings

Lencioni (2007) wrote, "Like it or not, all teams are potentially dysfunctional. This is inevitable because they are made up of fallible, imperfect human beings."

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Ethical Question

Discuss this with a co-worker or fellow interpreter. You have become involved in a an online chat and you see another interpreter mention a specific situation where it is obvious to you who the client is. What do you do in this situation?

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Trello is an awesome organizational tool. It helps you take a project, and break it down into various pieces and parts, and then assign them to members of a team, or a group of students. Think about how awesome this could be when it comes to teach task analysis and helping students learn to work in groups. They often struggle with where to begin and how to assign various parts of a project. Trello assists with all of that, and helps guide project/team members to allow for a much more productive workflow. Check it out!
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What does this look like in action for me?

For any learning experience, our learning is equal to our effort. In order for us to grow from our learning, we need to take the time to pause and reflect. How does our new learning fit in to what we already know and do?

Each of you reading this has a different role, with different responsibilities. Think about what you learned today through the lens of your particular role, as well as your personal and professional learning needs. This is an important part of the learning process!

Take the time to think about a new idea you learned, a new approach you want to try, or a new skill you have acquired. Consider how to put your new insights, skills, and abilities to work! That's where the real learning happens.

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Texas Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services

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