Being at a new school is difficult.
Perhaps the hardest part of the first few weeks is establishing relationships with everyone in the school: teachers, administration, school staff, students and their parents.
This week at school we had curriculum night. Not knowing my audience very well, I figured that I needed to spend as much time as possible to get a sense of “them”. Who are they? What might they need to take away from our first meeting?
That’s when I remembered Google Q&A:
I set it up and shared the link with the parents.
I made them a promise: “I will only speak for the first ten minutes of our session. The remaining twenty is yours.”
The result was wonderful. I got to honour the wonderings of the room, not just fulfil my desire to talk. It also made me wonder where/when else we might use this tool in schools. Staff meetings? PD?
I’d love to read your thoughts and suggestions!