While no-one was thrilled to come to school on MLK Day, we embraced it like Forest Trail staff do and opened our minds to a day of learning. While some teachers were involved in discussing the upcoming textbook adoptions for science and math, the rest of the teachers were involved in immersing themselves in differentiation. While the word 'differentiate' is not new, it has become somewhat of a 'buzz' word and administrators felt it important to bring this to front of people's minds as we enter a new year of learning. Below you will find details of the different sessions attended by teachers as well as information on how the day was planned.
This session was led by our Educational Technologist, Janet Couvillion, and involved looking at ways choice boards can be used to differentiate and organize instruction. The main focus was on the tool Thinglink. Janet provided examples of the various ways this could be used when planning for differentiation:
Staff congregated together in the library to reflect on their day of learning. Again, we used Nearpod to gather some feedback and asked teachers to complete the Exit Slip linked here.
See below for a Wordle of teacher reflections.