Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death-Albert Einstein
In a recent post, I talked about raising the bar with iPads. One of the best ways to raise the bar in education is having teachers learn from each other. By seeing what is possible…truly possible, one can return to the classroom with a renewed sense of energy and purpose. It is one thing to hear about something, but it is another thing entirely to see it in action.
My school, Drayton Hall Elementary, is an Apple Distinguished School. We host visitors from all over. These site visits have been very beneficial to those who have come. Apple is hosting 2 such tours at Drayton Hall in the coming weeks. The first one is March 28th and there is still space available on that tour. The second tour is April 16th from 8:30-11:30. Click here to see the invitation. Drayton Hall April 16th
I’ve talked about the importance of kids learning from each other and it’s no less important for adults to continue to learn as well. We have had teachers, administrators, board members and technology folks visit. They have seen 1:1 iPads across all grade levels and across the curriculum working to personalize learning for our students. When you can come away from a learning experience as a teacher and take it back to your classroom, the ripple effect has begun…not just with your students, but with your colleagues and their students.
Have you ever been to a workshop or professional development and walked away with a new idea? It is an exciting feeling to try something new and fresh. As an Apple Distinguished Educator, I am connected to some of the best educators in the world. As they share what they do, I find myself raising my own expectations and in turn, raising the bar in my classroom.
Many of my readers live in other countries and I realize a site visit isn’t very realistic. However, make a point to find a way to connect with other educators. Twitter is a great place to build a professional learning network. Teaching is hard enough…connecting and learning from others makes it worthwhile.
As we say in the South….y’all come!
Today, we will do exciting new things. Let’s get to it!