This is the last lead teacher cluster day for 2009 and as ever we had lots to discuss and plan for.
We discussed and practised peer coaching which was very valuable as it allows you to focus on a specific area that you would like to improve. With the help of a peer (that you trust and respect) peer coaching allows you to reflect on an aspect and focus in on what and how you are going to improve. Very relevant to my journey as an ICT lead teacher. I would first like to try this out being the "coachee" and focus on something that I could to improve on.
We also discussed Presentation skills and our facilitator shared with us a dvd from Presentation Zen, which focuses on effective presentations. Very relevant as Rocky and I are presenting at the next conference in Chch!
Fiona from TS came and shared with us the content on digistore and ways in which we can incorporate the content in our classroom, very important that this is "added in" not added on, something that can happen a lot in respect of ICT. We saw a video example of how a digital learning object was included in a classroom's inquiry unit. It interlinked with the other learning activities planned for the students and not just as an isolated activity where connections would have been lost.
It is scary to think that this is the last lead teacher day for this year -being our 2nd year in our cluster and that around about this time next year we will be coming to the end of our journey.