Collaborative Classroom Blog

A Day of Learning at St Thomas Aquinas College

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On May 19 I will be spending a day with teachers at St Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, New York.

This will be the first time in about three years that I have done a day in the NYC area!  I began my career as a teacher in the Bronx and spent the early part of my career doing staff development at the Teachers College Reading & Writing Project. So, in many ways this feels like I am coming home.

I am excited to come and share some of the key themes from my book, The Lesson Planning Handbook, as well as new ideas I have learned from working with teachers across the country. As always, I will try to make this a practical session, with plenty of time for reflection and questions. I will share concrete ways to build classroom community and how to plan lessons that seamlessly integrate academic and social development.

More specifically, during our day together we will:

  • Reflect on the importance the classroom and school community plays in student learning
  • Think about what makes our lessons full of life, engagement and learning
  • Discuss what teacher moves make lessons effective
  • Review the lessons learned from planning with teachers
  • Participate in lesson experiences and reflect on classroom video vignettes
  • Experience learning protocols teaching teams can use back at their school sites

We will also spend time unpacking the core principles that make up a collaborative classroom and examine what happens when teachers incorporate these principles into their daily practice.

This should be a fun, engaging, and active day. Whether you are a teacher, student teacher, administrator, or teacher educator we invite you to come and share your thinking.

The flyer for the day is here and you can register for the event here. I hope to see you there!