This school year, we have started a new regional community of practice for teachers of Agriculture, Business, and Technology. This group, facilitated by Stacy Smith and Erin Wilday, has been meeting quarterly to learn and grow together as educators. Teachers have had the opportunity to explore various resources for their content area, as well as share practices for teaching in a remote or hybrid setting.
In February, the ABT group focused on the importance of student collaboration and experienced some examples of how to work together remotely. Small groups of teachers utilized breakout rooms and shared Google slides to either plan to build a bench for their school or create a budget for shared living expenses.
As we know, being able to work together is a great motivator for students, and also an opportunity for teachers to infuse SEL skill building. As teachers learned about collaboration processes, one of the key areas discussed was structures for helping groups come to consensus. Teachers were provided with some different ways to teach this important decision making skill in their classrooms.
The ABT group will be meeting again in April and you are welcome to join us! Please click here for more information and registration.