The great thing about my presentation this past Saturday was that it wasn't a presentation at all. Rather, it turned into a great conversation with a classroom full of kindergarten through seventh grade teachers and a few literacy coaches thrown in for good measure. We learned from each other, shared many resources, and engaged in an open and honest dialogue about where we need to take reading and writing instruction in schools. It was simply fantastic.
|I may be standing at the front of the room, but I was facilitating|
a conversation as opposed to delivering a presentation. Thank
you to all who attended to make the day a huge win for all!
In the classroom, many of us have moved away from the "sage on the stage" model of instruction. Starting a conversation with students and inviting them to think, question, and wonder is far more powerful than only delivering direct instruction. Perhaps this is where we also need to go with our professional development. Let's stop presenting to teachers and start having open and honest conversations where we encourage each other to think, question, wonder, create, and inspire.
Thank you so much to the organizing committee at North Bay CUE for the wonderful opportunity and experience this past weekend. It was well worth the drive and the time. Keep up the great work!