It is always great to share professional development workshops with teachers– I haven’t been able to do this as often as I would like in the past five years (and when I have I’ve needed to take vacation days to do it, as I am this week)– but it is always a fun treat. I always walk away from training experiences learning lots of new things myself.
One of the things I learned about this morning is the New Jersey Writing Project, and the New Jersey Writing Project in Texas. It is focused on helping teachers learn about process skill writing by being students in process writing classrooms themselves. Tomorrow morning I think we’ll use this project as our topic for a whole-class podcast we are going to do together, before the teachers create their first podcasts on their own using Garageband and iWeb.
Their training model is: Training + Implementation = Improvement. This diagram shows their process:
I love writing and loved using “the writing workshop” when I taught fourth grade in the mid to late 1990s, and I’m glad to learn about this project. I am not sure if it is related to The National Writing Project or not– I don’t think it is.
Bryan ISD has combined technology skills with the New Jersey Writing project, so the stuff on digital literacy I’m sharing with teachers this week on blogging and podcasting lines up nicely with the goals, objectives, and strategies related to writing that they already know about and are doing to help student develop better writing skills.
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On this day..
- Learning about Digital Videography from Jim Sill - 2014
- Amazing Perspective in GoPro Videos - 2014
- Feedback Wanted: ISTE13 Ignite - Open Doors for Students - 2013
- Create a Narrated Slideshow on an iPad with Haiku Deck and Explain Everything - 2013
- Kevin Hodgson is the YODA of Stopmotion in the classroom - 2010
- Electrical outlets in demand - 2010
- Natural Learning: What Schools Don't Do by Steve Wycoff - 2008
- Online Safety: What every educator should know (Kevin Honeycutt) - 2008
- Drupal for Education by John Jones - 2008
- LoTi: Elevating Expectations, Performance and Accountability - 2008