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PHS Staff will collaborate to increase STUDENT ENGAGEMENT by focusing on Curriculum, Learning Environment, and/or Instruction.
Professional Work Time
12:40-2:00- Please stay in the library and with your group to enhance collaboration as a whole.
Mini Lesson- Why Should We Care About REFLECTION? Why is it Powerful?
2:20pm-2:50pm- Library (Full article)
Sharing How We Have Our Students Reflect.
Share classroom examples of how you engage your students in reflection.
Mary and Sandy
Mary and Sandy
Time to Reflect
2:50~ Library- sharing and complete exit ticket
- The Purposeful Pause
There is a beautiful scene in Cutting for Stone, a novel by Abraham Verghese. A nun, Sister Mary Joseph Praise, is caring for a surgeon who is deathly seasick as they travel across the Indian Ocean to Africa. She is a nurse, and after doing all she knows to care for him, she is struck with a moment of inspiration. She hangs a hammock in his cabin, drags the sick surgeon to it, and feeds him into it limb-by-limb. "Answering more to gravity than to the roll of the ship, the hammock found the true horizontal," which steadied him enough to relieve his motion sickness.
I love the idea of a "true horizontal" and have been thinking about it as a metaphor in different aspects of my life. For example, in the throes of daily life--bills, laundry, band concerts, dead car batteries--being present with those I love is my true horizontal, with my clumsy practice of mindfulness serving as the hammock that helps me sometimes find it.
Across the country, teachers are wrestling with the demands of accountability. New tests bring new pressures--'tis the season--and, too often, teachers are seasick, tossed about by the tumultuous waves of data teams, contradictory demands, test preparation, and classroom observations. For the last few days, I've been thinking about true horizontal for those of us who are passengers on this education steamer. I think it is, perhaps, lifelong learning.
When we, educators, decided to teach, we didn't say to ourselves, "I want to raise test scores." Rather, we said, "I want to help children love learning, for life." Written into the mission statements of most schools in one form or another, developing lifelong learners is our highest calling. The question "How does this lesson help my students love reading and writing for their whole lives?" can serve as a hammock, of sorts. If we rest there, staying true to our original reasons for teaching, then perhaps we can spend more time in our true horizontal.