Day 1 PD Done!

Today was our first official day back to work! We started out with a quick campus meeting and then headed to our district convocation. When your own thoughts and plans for the year fall in line with the District’s focus and the superintendent’s word for the year–woohoo!! Our four cluster directors talked about the profile of a graduate. This includes scholars that are thinkers, communicators, collaborators, and contributors. Then our amazing superintendent, Dr. Dana West, shared her inspiring message for us to be innovators. She talked about taking risks and not being afraid to “fail forward.” 

This was all wonderful to hear, especially when my plans for the year include providing alternative seating, more problem based learning, teaching students to have growth mindsets, and standards based grading. All new ideas for me. At least I know if something fails, we will be “failing forward”! I am sure we will have to make adjustments along the way, but I feel I am moving forward in a great direction. 

Our afternoon consisted of working together as a campus staff in team building activities at our local Boy Scout Camp. It was a warm, no–hot, afternoon, but it was a fun time! 

I ended my day participating in Global Math Department’s “Back to School Night Ignites” webinar. How I didn’t know of this amazing group before now I do not know! I have learned so much this summer from so many different people! I have so many new ideas and things I want to try. It is hard to narrow it down to the things I find most important right now. I know I will become a better teacher and continue to grow as a learner. I am excited to begin a new school year and train some new brains to grow!