June 23rd, 2017 by Jill Barclay
Since it’s difficult to describe the highlight of my week at the KFP Summer Institute, I’ll share many:
- being introduced to NCCAT
- branding myself as an educator and then as a CMS TLC
- PBL PD and diving into the details of quality PBLs
- “Beautiful Data” and gaining further understanding of the power of infographics and how to effectively design and use them in the classroom
- gaining perspective on myself and my colleagues through the Myers Briggs Indicator
- networking with extremely talented NC teachers
- thinking of STEM as Strategies That Engage Minds
- viewing technology as advances and not “digital devices”
I am extremely excited to create and share PBLs with my teams at school. Breaking down a PBL into 4 quadrants by thinking about:
- the standard
- skills necessary to master the standard
- careers potentially involved with the standard
- a question, which promotes critical thinking, to address the standard, has been a huge aha for me.
This structure makes sense to me, and I am eager to begin implementing them in our classrooms.
After a week in Cullowhee I left inspired and challenged. The last five days have made me think about myself as a teacher and teacher leader. I enjoyed being able to learn and share ideas and thoughts with fellow alumni, new fellows, my TLC, and a colleague from my school. The strong network of Kenan Fellows and the resources and expertise available gives me confidence for my upcoming project at Carowinds, and I am anxious to dig in! Carrie Hornton said, “Fail forward!” I keep thinking about how the depth of this quote. What does it mean to you?