Professional Development Goal: Every year each teacher at PDS participates in a yearlong conversation with his/her administrator and colleagues that includes the following components: reading and research, reflection, goal setting, planning, collaboration, implementation and feedback.
As part of this process, each teacher will identify a professional development goal that relates directly to classroom teaching and learning. It should have practical application and impact in the current year, and it should align with the school’s broad institutional goals and/or institutional philosophies about teaching and learning. The goal should be measurable. Teachers who fully achieve their goal will earn $500.
Goal: Work together with the other members of the 6th grade team to transition from our departmental approach to reading, social studies, and English to an interdisciplinary approach to humanities that will merge the essential skills and understandings from the original classes.
Steps to Achieve Goal: (Please include a list of books/articles/ videos that you plan to read or view during the summer.)
1. Read the following texts to decide their appropriateness as reading selections for the course:
- Morpurgo, M. (2007). War horse. New York: Scholastic Press.
- Sheinkin, S. (2012). Bomb: the race to build and steal the world’s most dangerous weapon. New York: Roaring Brook Press.
- Wiles, D. (2010). Countdown. New York, NY: Scholastic Press.
2. Meet as a Humanities team 2-3 times this summer to plan for the upcoming school year.
3. Meet weekly as a team during the 2014-2015 school year to continue developing curriculum, to check our progress, and to make revisions.
4. Coordinate our plans with the STEM team to ensure seamless implementation and begin considering how reading and writing can be threaded into science and math instruction also.
Final Product: Our product will be ongoing observations and conversations with Susan and the team with a culminating discussion at the end of each trimester about the progress.
Note: I submitted this goal to my administrator in May before the end of this past school year. I’m just now getting around to posting it here as I attempt to re-establish my writing practices. Two of my teammates share this goal with me, and we are working on it together. I’m posting this on my blog for my own personal documentation and accountability. I also hope to track my personal progress toward the goal by blogging about it over the course of the 2014-2015 school year.