Why blog? One of the participants in her blog asked what are the rules as far as what should you say in a blog. The power of the blog in my opinion is that it is public. You are putting your thoughts out for the world to critique. This is what makes it so much better than a private journal. Sure you need to be careful choosing your words, but I think that is also a good thing.
“If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn.”Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451
Day 1: This year's participants seem like they are in a good place for learning. There is a few that seem more open to the changes we will be suggesting than others, but that is typical. I felt the teachers did a fairly decent job of being in student mode today. We only had a few lapses and hopefully this will get better as the workshop continues. Time got a little bit away from us today and we didn't get quite as far as we had hoped, but again this is fairly typical! Laura, Michelle and I seem to be working together pretty well. We had a couple of small fumbles today, but they were small and I am sure we will work out the small wrinkles in our communication. The best thing is that I feel I can trust both of my co-facilitators and they trust me as well. We all have different styles which I think is awesome for the participants to see. I am also really excited because we all teach different levels of students. This will really allow for the participants hopefully see the way this method can be adapted to all situations.
I am excited to see how Circle Lab #1 resolves tomorrow as well as the remaining lab boards. The conversation was so good and so authentic to something that could happen in the classroom. Overall it was a great first day. (Well besides all the boring paperwork stuff before lunch!)
Oh, and did I mention tomorrow we use Tumble Buggies? Oh yeah.