Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sharing With Teachers is Fun

One of my favorite facets of being a principal is sharing ideas and resources. Today, day three of my new principalship, I had the perfect opportunity to share.

It all began many months ago when I signed on to help organize EdCamp Boston (and as fate would have it, I wore my EdCamp Boston shirt today). One of the sponsors, TenMarks, gave each participant a redemption code for one student to use the summer program.

Well, I am not giving direct services to anyone this summer, so I figured that I would share my code with someone on the staff at my new school. It turns out that Wolcott Elementary School has a long established and successful Summer Learning Camp that includes some math tutoring. So, I spoke with the school's Title I Math Teacher, who is working with the summer program. She hadn't heard of TenMarks, but was eager to give it a try. I also spoke with her about Khan Academy and We had a great conversation. I could see the light going on in her face; she looked excited to explore.

A few hours later, I received an email from the teacher. She had gone home and explored all three sites and already identified a few students for whom these sites could be perfect.

I am proud to think that I accomplished something today: I shared.

cross posted to Connected Principals

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