Ok… I made it! Or we made it! Either way, it’s great to think back on what I’ve learned over the past few months. When you go to your first Cohort 21 meeting a number of things happen:
1. Parts of your brain start to drip out of your ear… but you try to act cool and pretend like it’s not happening.
2. Garth and Justin seem like the smartest people you’ve ever met in the world!
3. You start to feel like you might be really, really useless as a teacher.
Never Fear!!! Things change (particularly #3). I’m here to report that I’ve gone through the wormhole and come out the other side… or, much like Luke Skywalker flying his space ship through that crazy narrow Death Star alley way, there is hope!
Watch this extremely long (sorry, I say “ummm” quite a bit, I’m going to give myself some feedback on that) but detailed youtube vid on what I learned this year (my much more succinct Google Doc presentation can be found below the Vid):
I’ve also included a hyperlink to my google docs ACTION PLAN REFLECTION… if you’d prefer the crib notes:)
Here’s my bottom line advice for everyone attending next year’s amazing Cohort-Clique:
#1: Don’t forget your powercord in a fancy office building (MARs)… you won’t get it back.
#2: Be open to learning new things… over and over and over again… and then put them into practice.
#3: Get data… bring the students along on your Cohort adventure.
#4: Don’t let the first day melt your brain. Realize everyone feels slightly overwhelmed… just look at Tim! He ended up copying my Action Plan Reflection idea, but he still turned out ok, right?
and finally, #5: Keep it going! Hold on to those Personal Learning Networks over the summer and foster new ones in the Fall.
Thanks again to Cohort 21, CAIS, and Lakefield College School for letting me participate in this transformative experience! Take care…