What follows is a tentative outline for the first training, which, fully titled, should read as follows:
Act One (25 Minutes)
Fill out the bull's eye, with the title (bold, above) in mind.
The first principal (Mr. Shelton) observation of my teaching skills went something like this:
- "That Wasn't a Lesson."
- "Now You're Ready to Play with It."
- Today, we call it a lack of engagement.
An educator does not always receive quality professional development - even when paying for it, even when traveling to receive it, even when it comes from a celebrated and entertaining public speaker - but this summer and fall, I sat on the receiving end of some of the best professional development of my 29-year career.
- Crystal Bridges Teacher Institute
- George Washington Teacher Institute
- John Antonetti, Rigor is not a 4-Letter Word
It might be surprising to see how everything comes together, makes sense, and works.
- Cognitive Rigor
- Posting Objectives - Speed Limit
Fill in with Parson Weems’ Fable, Grant Wood, 1939, in mind.
Questions to Inspire Cognitive Rigor:
- What do you notice?
- What do you wonder?
When I was in elementary school:
- Biographies of Founders
- Flags of the U.S.
- Fife and Drum Wallpaper
When the curriculum shifted, I rediscovered those old passions, and I pursued them. Enter George Washington Teachers Institute. While I loved the romance of the founding era, I did not remember or know very much about it.
Act Two (40 Minutes)
MVLA Mission: Restoration, Respect, Relevancy (Photos and Examples)
b. What do you wonder?
c. Washington pooped...
George Washington “was born with his clothes on and his hair powdered and made a stately bow on his first appearance in the world” (Nathaniel Hawthorne).
My Virginia Experience:
- Access (security – open doors?)
- Photographs (Slide Show)
Trivia Scratch-Offs from Mount Vernon
We've brought something new to material about George Washington, and we've established that George Washington was a human being, not a superhero; now let's apply George Washington to Growth Mindset OR let’s apply Growth Mindset to George Washington. He is Georgier in his early years and becomes Washingtonier later.
- May 28, 1754: George Washington, Governor Dinwiddie, Half King (Tanacharison), and Ensign Jumonvillé (Self-Motivated)
- Jumonville’s brother at Fort Necessity – Articles of Capitulation (Consequences)
- Photos of Documents at GW Library (vault photos, including Journal of Major George Washington)
- Councils with Generals (Less of Self)
- December 25/6, 1776: Crossing the Delaware/Trenton and the Hessians/Colonel Rall
- October 19, 1781: Yorktown/Cornwallis
Act Three (20 Minutes)
Look at our classroom website to see how I have done this with the Colonial/Revolutionary era: hoggatteer.weebly.com/these-united-states.html
Just about every aspect of Washington's life is intriguing. Let's take a look at the resources on the Mount Vernon website:
- Lesson Plans
- Teaching with Objects
- Teaching with Biography
- Teaching with Documents
- Teaching with Music
- Teaching with Place
- Teaching with Food
- Teaching with Visual Resources
Encouragement to pursue your own professional development, develop your own strengths, and strengthen your own skills
Online Evaluation from cards provided by GWTI