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In Retrospect

I remember the first year we were here. It drove me crazy how people would talk through meetings and act as if someone wasnt talking in the front of the room. Someone who was supposed to be a person of authority.Fast forward to the end of the year-it was time for us to each have a PD for the fellow teachers to listen to and participate in. I was DREADING it because my emotions often show on my face and I didnt want to be in the front of all the staff pissed off. What happened that day threw me and I thought that surely it was a fluke. THEY LISTENED! And not only did they listen, they seemed to be genuinely interested and wanted to know more about what I presented. The only problem was that it was at the end of the school year and without another PD to show them how they could do it in Arabic, it didnt quite have the effect Id wanted it to. It was, however, sort of an interview process which I passed to be able to work with the teacher of my choice that following year,lol.

Fast forward to this year. Ive done a PD each year I think. Thats only 3 if I am correct BUT each time, they are quiet and listen and I find that amazing given the circumstances. Because they definitely don't have to. Im just another teacher and even if I had some type of authority, it probably wouldnt make much of a difference.

The only sense I can make of it is that they know me as a person who likes to work and who genuinely loves the kids. Other than that, Im not really sure.Id like to know but Im not even sure Id get a straight answer of if they'd understand my question. Now that Im typing this, maybe Ill ask someone.

In regards to the PD, it was on literacy stages and writing workshop. We hope to implement it in kg next year for two days a week in both languages.A few of us have done it at home and were able to put together information that was succinct enough for them to sustain attention and to see how it would work for our age/ability level. They asked questions and we were able to successfully rebut a lot of misperceptions. How will this play out in the classroom next year? Only time will tell. If they can grasp what we taught and implement it, I will be so impressed and have hope that they can make great improvements. At the same time, I am not a gambling woman,lol.With so many KGs here, I really wish we could have had a functioning FB page to converse and share ideas.Not sure what happened there.Its all good though.

In preparation for a school that has a solid literacy curriculum, Ill be taking some courses for 6 traits writing as well as writing workshop.Im excited for that. :-)
If you have any leads, please do share!


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