Showing posts from July, 2012

Opening Minds Part 1

Last summer I participated in #cyberPD with Cathy Mere, Laura Komos and Jill Fisch.  It was an amazing learning experience for me.  I had never read a professional book with that many people not to mention able to read their reflections on book.  This year when I saw tweets about #cyberPD again, I knew it was something I had to be a part of.

 Opening Minds by Peter Johnston was on my TBR pile for the summer so I was thrilled when it was chosen as our group read.

As teachers one of our jobs is to create the kind of classroom where mistakes are okay, opinions are valued and all kinds of ideas are respected.  Peter starts off by showing us examples of such classrooms and specific language the teacher uses to foster this learning.  There is a quote on page 4 that I think sums up Peter's thinking perfectly "Teaching is planned opportunism.  We have an idea of what we want to teach children, and we plan ways to make that learning possible.  When we put our plans into action, child…