The opinions expressed here are the personal views of Karl Fisch and do not (necessarily) reflect the views of my employer.
I had a positive experience. I had lots of other things to do, but I know this is valuable and I am enjoying the professional interaction with other teachers in the building.
I enjoyed listening to the conversations in small group. Many of the things that I have thought for years were being expressed by people that I respect and are much younger than me.
I want to thank everyone for being open and sharing their thoughts, ideas, etc. It was a positive three hours for me and I too look forward to the professional interaction with the fine educators in this group.
I did not know what to expect going into the first day, especially when I saw it would be for three hours. However, I thought the first day was great and has made me extremely excited and motivated to be a part of this group.
I really think that we made some progress the first day. I still think that it will take a while to open up and share all of our thoughts and feelings. We are still testing out the waters to see if we really want to take the plunge.
The first day of class helped bring focus to this project. I wasn't sure what I signed up for, I just knew I wanted to be a part of what was transpiring...I'm excited to be a part of the vision.
The first day for me was exciting. It reminded me so much of what I loved about college...the discussion of ideas, the collaboration and exploration, and the positivity and challenge of a new direction. I enjoyed so much hearing others thoughts and support for what will be transpiring. Yeah!!
I agree with Cara that it brought a little clarity to what I signed up for with this project. I enjoy talking with other teachers about their thought on how to change the way we teach everyday.
James, I'm glad we English-teacher folks didn't scare you away! I was inspired by Brian's activity; challenging as constructivism may be to bring into the classroom, I feel this group will be a wonderful place for supportive discovery. Piaget here we come!
I enjoyed the chance to share ideas with people from other departments in a situation where we are not actually required to be here. We all have similar goals and an interest in helping each other achieve them.
I agree with Anne...it's so important to be a student every once in a while and to remember what it feels like to take a risk. I know that I grow a little each time I step outside of my comfort zone, but it takes work. This is going to be work! But I know it's going to pay off.
My reaction to the first day was "WOW!" It was also overwhelming! I felt excited to learn more about this whole thing, which is still somewhat of a mystery. I think that whatever we accomplish in the next 3 years could have a huge impact on education as we know it all over the United States.
When I think about the first day, I think about the good discussions that we had. I am excited by the vision that each individual has in the class. This dynamic group has a lot of knowledge to share and we seem willing. I, like others, am interested in the change that this group can bring about at AHS and to education in general.
I am glad to be part of a group that really wants to be innovative. I don't think that any of us want to allow our teaching to become stale or irrelevant to students.
As trite as it may sound, I am already inspired to work with such amazing colleagues. I too enjoyed hearing each person's subjective take, and I'm just excited to run with it! I truly believe that the group we have to undertake this challenge will be a difference for this school and each other. I'm looking forward to seeing where this will go, and we can never know til we try.
I liked the 1st day. I knew that some were on board, but wasn't sure of how excited the whole would be. We have a number of minds I hope to tap.
Wow! I was blown away by an incredible goup of people. I will truly miss the opportunity to meet with you next time but I think I've worked out the rest in my schedule. I hate feeling left out and falling out. Not easy for a neanderthal.
The first day allowed me to really think about change. I have already started to change some of the ways that I teach. I am excited to share with others as well as receive ideas from others.
It is such an honor to work with this group. I hope we continue to share and learn from each other. I am really excited about the endless possibilities of this project.
It was good to talk with people from other departments. That could be one of the greatest benefits of this group, the interaction between people who normally would not do so because of departmental boundaries.