Teachers facilitating learning for other teachers
Teachers facilitating learning for other teachers

RAM camp 5 RAM camp 6 RAM camp board RAM camp RAM camp2 RAM camp4 Our professional development day – October 13th – was deemed a success.  The whole idea of this RAM camp was based on edcamps – a kind of un-conference- which is quickly growing in popularity.  Edcamps are designed to be free, allow anyone attending to be a presenter/facilitator, void of vendors and salesman and arranged so that participants can roam from one presentation to another and gather the information that they need.

We had 25 teachers – or groups of teachers – sign up to facilitate and/or lead a session.  The topics included but were not limited to:

Geogebra, gamification, virtual spaces, designing videos, formative assessments, engineering and S.T.E.M., Google drive, standards alignment etc.

The “Law of Two Feet” prevailed during the session meaning that participants were free to move from one session to another.

I will admit that designing this type of PD caused one or two sleepless nights wondering if we’d be sitting around all day waiting for people to sign up to facilitate.  Turns out that it wasn’t a problem at all – we had more than enough staff ready, willing and able to share their thoughts and expertise with their colleagues.  I ran around and saw as many of the 25 sessions as my two feet would allow (I think I only  missed 3) and I was truly impressed not only with the awesome presentations but with the engagement of all staff.  PD has to be somewhat personal in order to be meaningful and Monday was a great example of that.  I had staff members tell me it was the best professional development of their career – that is kudos to them as they were the ones who truly designed, facilitated and reflected on what was presented.

Looks like RAM camp is here to stay 🙂

PD Delayed Opening October 6, 2014

As a HS community, we are thankful to have scheduled time during the school year to reflect on where we are and where we are going.  Today is especially exciting as we are engaging in a BIG READ – the entire staff will be reading, discussing, analyzing Make It Stick.  This book will supplement our work this year regarding assessments.  Admittedly this is a huge undertaking and we understand that we will need to be a bit methodical in how we break this down.  This year, our immediate focus is on formative assessment as the current research is rather convincing about the ability of these types of assessments positively influencing learning!

Please feel free to join us in this BIG READ.  Dylan Wiliam has also published Embedded Formative Assessment – another excellent book.  Mr. Ginotti is returning to us on November 14th to spend some time with small groups of teachers in the actual creation of good formative assessments.

Stay tuned !!

Back to School Night


I sincerely hope that you all enjoyed back to school night at RHS.  I wanted to share some of the resources I mentioned with regard to assessments:

Embedded Formative Assessment – Dylan Wiliam

Making It Stick – The Science of Successful Learning – Brown, Roediger, McDaniel

Also mentioned – RAM camp – an in house derivative of Ed camps – google it for more information!

The bottom line is our commitment to becoming better teachers and administrators in order to produce more effective learners.  We hope you will continue to partner with us on this quest!