This is the first time in a long time that our staff has been involved in this type of professional development. The reading team built this session around our first session that we held during common planning time. It was a bit tricky, as we had all 4K-5 staff involved.
The session began by asking the teachers to reflect and discuss with their teams things they had tried in their classroom based on our last meeting. It is important for teachers to understand that there is going to be follow-through with the learning and that there are literacy coaches there to support them. When professional development merely describes a skill to teachers, only 10 percent can transfer it to their practice; however, when teachers are coached through the awkward phase of implementation, 95 percent can transfer the skill (Bush, 1984; Truesdale, 2003) - See more at: http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/teachingtheteachers#sthash.lOcmsqXT.dpuf. The literacy coaches circled around the groups and listened in. I took notes on key points that the grade levels I work with brought forth.
Then we watched a mini-lesson. It is crucial for the staff to continue to see what best practices in the area of literacy looks and sounds like. The video was chosen due to it's wide range of ages it could correspond to and also due to it's area of focus on personal narratives, which every grade level has been immersed in since the beginning of the year.
Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8nf1OHUIe0
After the video, teams were again encouraged to discuss what they noticed, what they further need, and what they are going to try. Exit slips were also turned in. These were given to each table to synthesize their learning.