I would prefer whole day PD to see exemplars in the flesh and have professional conversations with colleagues without technology getting in the way. The timing was not great for me - I had meeting clashes and at the end of a busy day I am not really that able to concentrate fully. Geoff and Sam were excellent, very informative in a reassuring way! Good to read comments during the week on VLN but it was a bit of a process getting up to speed and, again, time has been an issue.
Thanks anyway for the opportunity, it can only get better! And is especially good for we who are isolated in small schools.
I've really appreciated doing this again - the timing has been a bit difficult for me this year, as I've been quite tired and run-down / sick / folio-itis setting in! Term 2 would be better? I cannot imagine being without this contact now though. I really want this format to continue. Nothing beats face-to-face and hands on, but its just so difficult to get that here on the West Coast of the South Island. It was great to have Geoff down here earlier this year, but it must have been a mission for him getting all the way here and back again! I'm happy to write and add ideas to the forum discussions, but I see that most find this hard to get used to maybe? The VCs are gold, the generosity of Geoff and Sam is awesome, and again for me, making the human connection keeps me connected professionally and inspired to 'keep going'. Thanks! Madeline.
Thanks Elda, Jenneke and Madeline (so far) for taking the time to make such insightful and valuable comments. We'll keep the group going and continue to support you however we can - and it's clear from yesterday that you are all ready to support each other and sustain the professional network that is so unique and rewarding. I hope this online environment can make that connection feel real and having more VCs as and when you need/want will be a great solution to combatting that sense of isolation. Connectedness is simply what we need. Sharing student work in a safe environment, for comment, will also be an exciting development. Next thing we can trial is bringing students into the picture - getting seniors to share and discuss their ideas and processes........
Hang in there and here's to the future.
I found this forum extremely helpful as a new teacher. I hope the discussion will continue as I certainly have lots more questions and ideas about planning. It does seem like a lot to cover in just three hours - a whole day would have been great! But I guess anything is better than nothing. I am really hoping to do the actual hands on workshop next year if I get myself organised in time (the change in dates threw me this year.) Thankyou so much to Geoff and Sam, and to all the teachers who participated too - your insights are invaluable!!!!!