A Team of Oregon Teachers Deepens Their Curriculum and Their Collaboration
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Elizabeth Olson, Kylinn Irwin, and Morgan Colvin are third and fourth grade teachers at Central Elementary in La Grande OR. They are the first team to take my new course (below). In these videos from the culminating session of the course, you’ll see how each teammate has adapted the approach I have developed with my high school sophomores, with a eye to guiding their third and fourth graders to integrate developmental stage appropriate self-discovery into their learning.
As each walks through the adaptations of the Personal Creed Project they’ve created through the course, they also share their plans to model their own personal creeds for their third and fourth graders as I do with my tenth graders. Just as exciting, you’ll notice how their experiences in the course bring these colleagues deeper understanding of one another as teachers and teammates.
This is a self-paced course for teams or individual teachers in how to build students’ self-discovery into your elementary, secondary, or college course. The first three groups of enrollees have all been teachers from Oregon. One team and an individual teacher joining in the fall and winter of 2020-21 teach in two elementary schools in northeastern Oregon. The next two teams hail from schools in central and western Oregon. Current enrollees can learn about previous students in their Flipgrid posts.
Teams and individuals may participate in a course-culminating presentation when colleagues share their adaptations of the Personal Creed Project (samples above). For site-based teams, these sessions can amount to a new kind of staff development. The course text is John’s book, The Personal Creed Project and a New Vision of Learning.
Watch for another New Course Coming This Summer: Connecting with Hard-to-Reach Students.
The Kindergarten Creed
John’s Presentations (Video below soon to be edited)
Video soon to be edited.