Professional Development 2014 for our school’s faculty this year was at the Museum of Natural Curiosity near Thanksgiving Point, UT. Since I’m a naturally curious person, this was an ideal place for our training!
Principal Swan conducted some excellent training on how to teach our students to become conceptual learners, inquiry-based learners, and problem solvers using the Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction, also known as CORI. CORI is a curricular framework for teaching reading skills, text structures, and student motivations to read, ect., in a more coherent construct.
This seminar is one of the best professional development training sessions I’ve attended in a long time. Also, we got to spend time exploring the Museum of Natural Curiosity and had a delicious breakfast and lunch both days… as usual, I ate more than I needed.
Equally important, I got to meet many of the new teachers I will be working with next year; to include my 5th-grade counterpart, Lora Stead. They are all smart and energetic individuals. These individuals will be great assets to our school and students.
I am already looking forward to beginning the upcoming school year next August! Moreover, I am excited to work with all of these wonderful new people and–I hope in the process–we will become good friends. I strongly feel that, from a historical perspective, we have the best faculty ever assembled for our outstanding school.
Below are pics of two colleagues I will be collaborating with most frequently next year; my counterpart, Lora Stead, and our school principal, Mrs. Swan.
A slideshow with some pics of the museum and our training in a gallery format: