Post 11 for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge: “What is your favorite part of the school day and why?”
My first inclination is to respond as students might- recess and going home! But no, I have more to share.
I work in two school buildings – one that is for grades preK-2 (Allen Brook School) and the other grades 3-8 (Williston Central School). There is an education technology support staff person who works in each building; we have a great team!
We offer after school support times once a week in each building. Sometimes this is a drop-in for support, brainstorming, project-planning time. At others we state ahead of time that we’ll have a special focus for those who interested, which might range from how to set up a photo slideshow, introduction to Google+, exploring particular iPad apps, or more. Sometimes people contact us ahead of time to let us know what they’d like some help with.
We just got underway again for this school year, this week. Yesterday at Williston Central School, two educators came for support. Because there were two of us, they each had 1-1 time!
Today, at the Allen Brook School, there are 8 educators who came! Wow. Teachers were working on slide shows for curriculum nights, setting up blogs, creating presentations, and editing websites. Teachers were helping one another, light-heartedly joking around (it WAS after school), and eager to collaborate.
For me, this is a time to build relationships, provide student-centered (teachers are the students!) opportunities, and professional development in an informal setting.
The enthusiasm, dedication, and working with this awesome faculty who are always ready to learn more is the best part of my day.