11 May 2006

How the Other Half Works

Have I mentioned how much I like working with elementary teachers? Every experience I've had doing so this year has been extremely positive and energizing. Today was no exception.

I had five brave souls start the process of our k-5 science alignment today. It is going to be a mammoth task. The biggest realization for my group today is that if we use the same curriculum (FOSS kits) in coming years, that it won't help kids meet standards in grades 4 or 5. With the changes in kit delivery happening in a few short months, we don't have a lot of time to make recommendations. This group is committed to doing the job right, be as considerate as possible of other district initiatives and build the best possible program for our students.

There are lots of big questions that go around all of this. How will we best communicate changes to teachers? What would happen if we don't have very much science taught next year while we make changes? We're going to need to do a significant amount of professional development---what will that look like?

Even with all of the headaches which will ensue with this project, it's still incredible to have this elementary group be so enthusiastic. They worked hard today---didn't even want to take a lunch break and I could hardly get them to leave at the end of the day. This is such a difference from Tuesday and the "me, me, me" group I had. I have to say that I have great admiration for how the other half (the one I had today) works.

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