More importantly though, they were recognised and congratulated by their peers on the exciting work they were doing.
This kind of recognition emboldens teachers to get involved and keep pushing things further.
The thought of completely changing what I had been doing in my classroom for almost ten years was daunting.By the end of the first week I was cleaning out my old files, putting my old unit binders into storage, and making lists of things I would need to start my Modeling classroom.Speed Dating, as a single word, is a registered trademark of Aish Ha Torah.Speed dating, as two separate words, is often used as a generic term for similar events.Men and women are rotated to meet each other over a series of short "dates" usually lasting from three to eight minutes depending on the organization running the event.
At the end of each interval, the organizer rings a bell, clinks a glass, or blows a whistle to signal the participants to move on to the next date.How do you hold an engaging, informative and worthwhile staff meeting for 130 staff? Every presenter was a real teacher from our staff, presenting real use of technology in their classroom. Presenters were told to wave away any questions like “but how do I login” with a hand wave and a, “oh, you can cover that stuff later”.This was the question I had to ask myself when the principal asked that I do some “technology stuff” at the next staff meeting. I’ve been speed dating before and I’m not ashamed to admit it. A few drinks for social lubrication then the night begins. Spend 10 minutes in each room, then the bell goes and you move on. It was authentic professional development from those at the coal face. Oh, that technology tool won’t work in your particular classroom?The first speed-dating event took place at Peet’s Café in Beverly Hills in late 1998.Usually advance registration is required for speed dating events.It is a tool instructors can utilize in order to gauge student understanding and identify misconceptions.