How useful was your summer PD?

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  1. Peregrin5

    Peregrin5 Maven

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    If you did one.

    I'm just finishing up mine and I'm glad to be going back home. I pretty much worked on building a laser for a research group. While I was there I learned how to machine parts, a lot about optics and electromagnetism and science in a laboratory. It was a pretty good content PD but it will be difficult to bring back laser science to the 8th grade classroom. I did get a grant for classroom materials that I'm using to buy optics lab kits which will match great for the NGSS and I made a Ruben's tube as a machine shop project that I can use to teach more about compression waves. It's also further inspired me to get my MS in physics.

    When I get back we have a PD meeting about behavior interventions that I signed up for and I'm hoping that will be useful.

    How was your summer PD. Did you learn anything from it? Do you think it's useful for the classroom?
     
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  3. waterfall

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    I didn't take anything...however when we get back we have FOUR full days of Ipad training! I can't imagine what they feel they need to spend four days on for Ipads!
     
  4. beccmo

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    I went to materials science camp for teachers and came home with a bag of stuff I can use next year in lab (including instructions for new labs). I will go to the second camp next year if able.
    The best PD I did this was a POGIL regional workshop. Definitely using what I learned next year in class.
     
  5. chebrutta

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    I went to CCSS training. It was mostly helpful. I got a lot of answers my county hasn't been able to provide, I now have a firm handle on translating standards into "I can" statements and scales, and I learned an interesting new foldable for poetry.

    I did not, however, need to learn the difference between formative and summative assessments, nor did I need to do sample lessons, which really just dissolved into Which English Teacher Is Smarter Than The Rest Of The Room.

    But overall, I'm glad I went.
     
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    I went to a reading/writing workshop that was pretty awesome. Lots of great ideas. And they didn't do any of the no-no's in that blog post that is circulating. No reading the powerpoint, only had to work with someone once. It was awesome.

    I was supposed to go to another after I got back from babysitting my nieces/nephew but I was exhausted and did not go.

    I'm going to another tomorrow. I like who's presenting so hopefully it will be good.
     
  7. Peregrin5

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    That camp sounds fun. What is POGIL?
     
  8. beccmo

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    Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning. Here is the link http://pogil.org/

    This science camp was amazing. It was sponsored by ASM International. OH and this one was FREE!
     
  9. czacza

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    I had a peer coaching workshop that was great. I'm also taking the Stanford University online math course and :love:Ing it.
     
  10. Toy_03

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    I only went to one PD over the summer. It was about our new math curriculum called "GO MATH"
     
  11. Myrisophilist

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    I went to an AP Bio Summer Institute (where I learned about POGIL) and came back with several textbooks, lab supplies, and a better grasp of the curriculum. It was definitely worth it.
     
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    I have one more 1/2 day tomorrow to finish up a 3 1/2 day Science PD. It has been fabulous. We got a brief introduction to the NGSS and walked through a very hands-on curriculum. I love participating in lessons before I have to teach them. Best: The partner is providing all the lab materials for the program!
     
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    I have been doing the online training for my district's new evaluation system. It has been much more time-intensive than I had imagined, but I feel like I will be more focused when observing classes. I passed the first part of the proficiency test today, and will be happy when I finish the second part! (I'm taking that one tomorrow, and hoping it goes well.)
     
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    I have been to a number of PDs this summer, most of which I found very worth my time. I just finished up a week of Kagan training today. Teachers report next Thursday, and we will have "PD" Thursday & Friday. It'll mostly be all about our challenges for the coming year, and how bad test scores were last year. Sigh.
     

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