Last year teachers in my board got a big gift: 1.5 days of self-directed PD to use whenever we wanted over the course of the year. I loved the time. It was a gift – a chance to use time for my learning on my terms.
I applied for a contest to work with some Cubelets. I sent a pitch to the man running the contest and to my absolute pleasure, I got the chance to explore these great toys with my class. I used my self directed PD as release time. A supply teacher stayed in my class. I set up shop in another room. Kids came out of the class in small groups for one hour each and explored the toys under my supervision. For the most part, I sat in the corner of the room and documented their progress. Whenever they asked me questions I would answer with “I’m not telling you.” I really wanted to see what they would do.
The result was awesome.
Saturday I came across the MaKey MaKey. Right away I ordered one. I’m hoping that my boss gives my class a chance like last year to play, to explore and to learn. She was a big fan of the learning that happened with the Cubelets last year.