In my most recent post on building credibility with staff, I failed to even answer the question - What are some areas of teaching and learning that you can lead in your school?
So the areas of teaching that I have found to be helpful with staff, is the use of online tools and apps on the iPad. I have been in many classrooms, but lately I've been in the Kindergarten class as one of their play centres. It has been awesome! My first week I was experimenting with Osmo (a little R&D) as I wanted to see if it would be appropriate for this age group. We had a blast. Each group of students I worked with were completely engaged and worked together to solve the problems presented. By doing it this way, the teacher was able to see how easy it will be for the students to work independently next time they have centres.
The other area that I have worked extensively with students is blogging and the use of Edmodo. I have used these online tools as a way to deliver content and assignments to my students between the Grades 2 - 4. I use these tools, not only to expose my students, but to demonstrate their use to teaching staff. It allows me discover any pitfalls that teachers may find difficult to even get started. Takes away a bit of the fear. The best part is witnessing the engagement that students have when using these tools and how much they want to do more of it.
So get out there and get into classrooms, work with students, and show others what is possible to increase engagement in how a student learns. Break down that barrier of fear.
I am the Principal at David Livingstone Elementary School in Vancouver, BC. I am passionate about inspiring others to be creative, curious and collaborative in their learning