Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much!
Our schoolwide PDP goal this year is to embrace a growth mindset of wanting to learn, improve in our practice, and learn from our struggles. Our PD this year will focus on trying new things, generating new ideas, sharing teaching strategies, and hopefully creating solutions to problems you may be facing in your classrooms.
We believe the best way to learn is from each other, by taking advantage of the strengths of each member of our Blue Devil family. One way we will be doing that this year is to find time to visit each other's classrooms to see the awesome things going on. Sometimes just seeing the other ways teachers manage their classes/materials, organize their rooms, interact with students and teach their lessons can open up a whole new world of ideas to take back to your own classroom!
So, why all the PINEAPPLES? Pineapples traditionally symbolize welcome, warmth, friendship, and hospitality. This was the sentiment behind Pineapple Charts.
Pineapple charts are a systematic way to organize teacher classroom visits. According to Mark Barnes, the author of Hacking Education, "a pineapple chart...put[s] a 'welcome mat' out for all classrooms...[It] lets other teachers know that you're doing something worth watching today, and if they'd like to come by, your door is open."
The Golden Corral Analogy
Just remember the rules of a polite dinner guest - if you don't like something, you don't have to eat it. But you don't go around bashing the cook either. Let's remain professional so the welcome mat doesn't get rolled back up!
The #PineapplePD Plan
A Digital Pineapple Chart
Traditionally this chart is somewhere visible such as a copier room or teacher's lounge. Since we're so spread out we will use the Google Doc linked below as our Pineapple chart for the year. It will be updated each week to reflect the awesome stuff happening here in our classrooms. BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! This won't work without everyone being willing to open up their classrooms for visits.
You don't have to be doing anything earth shattering. It can be as simple as using an SOS Strategy, USA Test Prep for remediation, a brainstorming session, or even a small-group mini-lesson. Maybe you're giving notes on a topic that might interest your colleagues on a personal level. You all have different strengths and interests and this is the way to build each other up!
We will also use this as a matchmaker strategy for our team to encourage a growth mindset. In our walkthrough feedback form, leadership will suggest a Pineapple visit as a follow up to the walkthrough. We will help you connect to other classrooms as well. This is a way to try something new and play to our strengths.
A Choice-based PD Menu Board
Each semester you will receive a #PineapplePD Menu board filled with different choices of ways to grow as a professional. You will choose at least one appetizer, one side, and one dessert. The main course section is a requirement for everyone - much like you have parts of assignments and choice boards that your students are expected to complete. The main course consists of: trying a new SOS/Literacy/Instructional Strategy with your students, signing up on the Pineapple Chart to showcase something happening in your room, and visiting a classroom in another grade/content area.
On the back of your menu, there are spaces for you to keep track of what you are working on. Please be sure to include dates and a brief explanation/reflection of the activity! You will use this as your mid-year and end-of-year PDP evidences.
We will have drawings for prizes every month at our staff meetings! So, don't lose your card!