Professional Learning

Let’s Build – Part 2

I wake up daily craving a morning cup coffee, quite similar to how I crave spending time collaborating and working alongside my colleagues. Savoring the smells and taste of a good cup of “joe” is how I feel about my collegial work. I look forward to it, and it is one hundred percent worth it!! I am happy to report that every minute of my two and a half days spent in Dallas with the AIMS Facilitator Cadre led all of us to think outside the box and stretch to new places in our professional learning. What we came away with from Dallas far outweighs the time and work spent planning and making the commitment to attend. Experiences like Dallas keep all of us who attended excited about the future. We have exchanged many text messages and emails saying what we did together was valuable and will make a difference in times to come.

To set the tone for our meeting we spent time building as a team. Great discourse led the way to laughs, struggles, and discoveries while we worked on solving puzzles, stacking cups two different ways (examples here and here ) working on a challenge called “Let Go My Ego,” and a paper challenge. Our discourse led our group in finding solutions which easily opened the door to more collaboration which in the end directly relates to our professional learning work. I think the most vital reason for team building is to get results. Using planned team building as an exercise that was fun and motivational, we built a base for like communication, planning, and problem-solving. The bond we created together around the team building fostered genuine connections, more in-depth discussions, and processing.

More than the team building experiences themselves, the constructive discourse, inquiry, and reasoning around the agenda I had planned for everyone was easy to accomplish. We accomplished our goal of weaving the learning of team building and Sharon Bowman’s brain science work into making a participant’s day at an AIMS workshop a worthwhile experience.

Follow along to read Part 3 in next week’s post when I’ll share some more for the AIMS Facilitator’s 2018 Institute.


Let’s Build

I’ve been in Dallas, TX this week with plans on spending two and a half days with the AIMS Center’s cadre of professional learning facilitators. It is my favorite time to spend with this group. It is our time to be together and learn. Our time to change, adapt and grow. Our learning plays an… Continue Reading

I Was There

Social media is what brought me to the Early Math Project Symposium sponsored in part by AIMS and held on the campus of Fresno Pacific University Friday, June 22, 2018, @aimsed, #AIMSplay, #AIMSspatial, and #EMSymp18. While I was following the day through social media, I realized that I could do an even better job of… Continue Reading

Do You Do Shikaku?

Keeping a sharp cognitive fitness level means continually engaging in mental exercises, using multiple senses, having a growth mindset, doing so often, and repeatedly. I like to find new challenges and this summer is no exception. A while back I remember being introduced to a puzzle named Shikaku. It was created by Nikoli, the Japanese… Continue Reading

Thinking Science

Nineteen states along with the District of Columbia have officially adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Oregon is the only one of those that has fully migrated through adoption to full implementation of the NGSS standards. Administrators and classroom teachers alike are aware that adopting any new standards and then successfully implementing them is… Continue Reading

Have You Read the News? – A New and Helpful NGSS Resource

I just finished reading the May 2018 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) newsletter. I hope you have too or plan to read it soon. I also hope that you share it with your colleagues, especially science instructional leaders. As a science educator I am grateful NGSS creates and shares so many useful and well-prepared resources.… Continue Reading

Discovering FLIPGRID

How do you collaborate in a group setting when all members of a group are super busy, live in different time zones, and can’t find a common meeting time? I’m sure you have found yourself in the same scenario, and I was in this very predicament earlier this week. I had sent group texts asking… Continue Reading