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Professional Learning Sessions by Florida Teachers

Additional Professional Learning Sessions

 

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GROWTH MINDSET

JACKIE HARRIS, 2017 DESOTO TEACHER OF THE YEAR, @JackieH1881

My TOY journey was similar, but yet a bit different than yours. How we differ is that you are here today at the roundtable.  Yes, I was extremely honored and excited to be selected as the 2017 TOY for DeSoto County, however, I was so overwhelmed and scared at the thought of attending this conference. What will I wear? Will I get lost? How will I fit in with other big district teachers? So, due to my self-limitations, I missed out on extraordinary information and experience. I suppose in hindsight, I can label this fixed mindset.  However, all was not lost. 

It was at the Friday breakfast where I realized all I had missed out on.  Fortunately, Deputy Chancellor, Brian Dassler, delivered an enthusiastic summary of the key resources that were highlighted. I took copious notes, was introduced to Growth Mindset,  and I truly appreciated the short time I had with the Commissioner Stewart, Chancellor Lyons, Deputy Chancellor Dassler, and everyone else involved including the other teachers. I especially relish the time, although brief, with Deputy Chancellor Brian Dassler since he unexpectedly passed away in March of 2017.  He was a strong advocate of Growth Mindset, and believed that ability can be developed and skill is cultivated through practice for teachers and students.  It was also at this breakfast that I learned a new daily routine that also changed my life. 

WAKE UP, BE AWESOME, GO TO BED!

Later in the summer, while helping me set-up my classroom, my creative daughter, Briana, and I created a chant called The Be Awesome Cheer. So, in August of 2017, I tried to implement these new Growth Mindset principles, and the Be Awesome Cheer, which my students learned and loved to begin each day!

 

Be Awesome! 

What are we going to do today?    - Wake up!         (slap clap)

Then, we will…   - Be Awesome!   (slap, clap, thumbs up)

Finally, we will… - Go to bed!      (thumbs up, thumbs up, slap)

Break it down:        Slap,  clap, slap, clap, clap

            Slap, clap, slap, clap, clap

            Slap, clap, slap, clap, clap

            Slap, slap, slap……...Be Awesome!

 

 

 

SOCRATIC SEMINAR

ROBIN DIEDRICHS, 2017 VOLUSIA TEACHER OF THE YEAR, @blueegg3r

DANA KELLY, 2018 ST. JOHNS TEACHER OF THE YEAR, @pirateteacher18

Learn how to incorporate Socratic Seminars, student led discussions, based on text, into any grade-level with Robin Diedrichs and Dana Kelly.  They will address the structure and format, benefits to students, and how to implement in your classroom.

I’ve learned other people’s stories. I’ve got to compare mine with their thinking.
— First Grade Student
 
 
I’ve grown as a reader and thinker. I think more about what I do or do not understand, what I get or do not get. As a reader, I read more text and interact with others.
— 4th Grade Student
 

Robin SHARES HER FIRST SOCRATIC SEMINAR: 

 

SESSION RESOURCES

 

Tips on socratic seminar hand signals

Terri Samson, 2017 Florida School for the Deaf and Blind Teacher of the Year, @teryllynne

 

 

WE ALL HAVE A STORY!

DIANE McKEE, 2016 FLORIDA TEACHER OF THE YEAR, @DianeLMcKee

 

In our world today, we are bombarded with 24/7 social media. How do we find a way to draw people in for a meaningful connection that transforms a casual conversation into one that inspires others?

Explore powerful storytelling techniques and begin crafting YOUR unforgettable story.

 

 

UNLOCK THE MYSTERY!  Breakout Box Activity 

TAMMY JERKINS, 2018 FLORIDA TEACHER OF THE YEAR, @2018fltoy

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FLORIDA TEACHER LEAD NETWORK

CRYSTAL HALL AND SARAH POTTLE, TNTP

FEATURING ALUMNI PANEL: BRANDON WRIGHT, JACKIE HARRIS, AND ROB PATTERSON


I feel like my coach has eased the fear of messing up or looking less than perfect. She has set my mind at ease that this is not a matter of “judging”. I also like how she questions me in a way that helps me recognize areas of improvement through her scaffolding.. I wish all my teacher friends could participate!
— Robin Diedrichs, 2017 Volusia Teacher of the Year

 

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DIFFERENTIATED COACHING

KELI SARE, 2018 CHARLOTTE TEACHER OF THE YEAR, @kelijosare

Interested in trying something similar to FTLN at your school?

Check out Keli Sare's Differentiated Coaching Alumni Session on how she adapted the program to fit the needs of her team in Charlotte County. 

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LISTEN, IMITATE, ADD ON!

BY STEVEN SANDERS, @StevenSandersED

HEAD OF COMMUNITY AT ENRICHED SCHOOLS

2014 FISHMAN PRIZE FOR SUPERLATIVE CLASSROOM PRACTICE RECIPIENT 

 

 

GRIT

BY AUSTIN HATCH, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN MEN'S BASKETBALL, @AustinHatch30