Sharing Thoughts and Resources with Edison K-8
Having the word “laboratory” in our school’s name expresses our commitment to disseminate best practices and to create resources for other schools. Last Tuesday, February 5th a really robust collaborative professional development day took place with teachers from the neighboring Edison K-8 Elementary School. Some of the effective ways that we have learned and that we are using to good advantage were demonstrated and discussed. The primary focus was Math and different approaches to: using more manipulatives, teaching fractions, preparing strategies for division, use of fractional line plots and number lines and tips on dealing with story problem issues were seen as very valuable new input for our visiting colleagues.
To a one, the Edison teachers responded positively to the experience. Their comments included: “made me feel re-energized,” “sparked new ideas,” “very helpful and insightful for me,” and “learned new ways to tackle specific problems”. There was a chorus of “Yes, Yes, Yes!” when asked if they would like to do this type of PD again. The Edison K-8 is one of the schools which is part of the Boston Compact along with Conservatory Lab.