Teacher Workdays

Do you ever wonder what happens at schools on “Teacher Workdays?”  Typically, teachers are frantically working on grades, report cards, curriculum mapping, lesson plans, collaborating with teammates, discussing common assessments and reviewing pacing guides.  Many teachers also take time on these important days to learn and participate in high quality professional development.  Today, at Oakton Elementary, 140 teachers and administrators from schools throughout Fairfax County learned to “Rethink Thinking” in a Kagan Workshop.  Twenty teachers were from Oakton Elementary!  Participants explored 15 of the most fundamental thinking skills, such as shifting perspective, inducing, deducing, evaluating, and synthesizing.  Teachers learned how to integrate these thinking skills into every classroom lesson to jumpstart students’ critical and creative thinking.  By using Kagan Structures, teachers strengthen students’ analytical skills and generate higher-level thinking.  Kudos to our teachers for taking advantage of this fabulous learning opportunity.  We are certain that it will benefit our students tremendously.  Thank you to our fabulous PTA for funding some of our teacher registrations.  You are truly our partners in education!

-Chris

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