Yesterday, we had a PD Day, and I must say that I enjoyed all of the learning throughout the day. It felt really personalized. I spoke with numerous people — not all of them Kindergarten teachers — and we had great conversations about …
- classroom environments
- meeting the needs of our different learners
- what play-based and inquiry-based learning looks like in the classroom
- how we can evaluate learning without the use of a culminating task
- and documenting learning and the value in doing so.
We ended the day, talking about professional inquiries and starting to develop our own. I think that this slide that my principal, Gerry, shares sums things up nicely.
We were told that with a professional inquiry, we’re really thinking about ourselves.
- Where are we stuck?
- What do we need to move forward?
- Where might we begin?
- After reflecting, where might we go next?
I think that this process is about looking critically at ourselves and our practices. I think it’s about the value in regular reflection, and what we can learn from doing so. I think that it’s about connecting with others in meaningful ways to learn more together. And while I think that this process is about taking the time to focus on “us,” it’s about doing so in order to better meet the needs of our students.
In theory, a professional inquiry sounds like a perfect focus for some professional blog posts. I know that I blog in order to share where I’m stuck, what I’ve tried, my reflections, and often my next steps, but in this case, my topic is a specific one, and I don’t think that it’s for public discussion. But I’m stuck. I need some help to know where to go next, and I’ve connected with various professionals, educators, consultants, administrators, and parents, but I need more. What should I do in this case? I could pick a new topic that’s maybe even more general and would be easier to share here. Blogging would allow me to verbalize my reflections and hear more specific feedback/ideas from others, but I’m reluctant to give up on this other area of focus. I really feel as though it’s what’s stopping me from moving forward, and if I could solve this problem, all students would benefit. So what would you do? My problem of practice is becoming a bigger problem than I thought, but one that I definitely want to solve. I’m hoping that some comments on a general blog post might help me figure out my next best step.