Thursday, March 6, 2014

#sol14 March 6 Old School vs. New School Faculty Meetings

In the old days,
Faculty meetings were dreaded,
Principals droned about issues,
Read lists of events.
Discussed building concerns.

Today, we drew island maps
Included names in the title,
Mine had three beaches, 
(one designated for reading and writing),
A digital and a print library, 
A "Way Off TJ Maxx,"
Even a "Low Impact" Gym
(with no road to get there!)! 

You could hear a pin drop,
As we became one with our maps
To understand the power of rubrics. 
My mind wandered to an unspoken
Yet Central Idea,
 We (all) need to write, draw, paint, engage in
Personally meaningful topics
On our journeys to college 
And through careers.   


Michelle Haseltine said...

Oh my!!! I am SOOO jealous!! I could've used my markers at that FUN faculty meeting! (My slice today is about my marker obsession.) I can't believe I'm jealous of a faculty meeting...but I am! Great job on your map! I love that the Reading & Writing Beach is the biggest! :)

Anonymous said...

I want to teach at your school. Thats my kind of staff meeting. Love the map too, very neat colouring. It must have felt so good to just relax and colour.

Catherine said...

What a great idea! It's so true that activities like this helps us see how important it is to give students opportunities to choose "personally meaningful topics" when assigning anything. Thanks for sharing!

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Loralee Landers said...

What a terrific idea and love that it was done in a staff meeting!

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Lee Corey said...

Wow! I wish I had been at your meeting. What a great idea! I love how clearly you created a picture of your meeting in so few words. I look forward to trying to steal this idea.

Tara Smith said...

Now THAT is a faculty meeting I would love to attend!

b said...

This is totally an idea I'd latch onto. THIS is such a powerful way to construct understanding. THANK YOU for sharing your map, your words. Your ideas. They push our thinking!

Anonymous said...

Talk about engagement! This looks and sounds great. Are all your faculty meetings like that?