Photostream as/for Professional Development

Finally! One way to use Photostream at school.

During a "faculty meeting" a couple of weeks ago I introduced Photostream to my staff. Prior to the meeting they had to make sure they had Photostream turned on on their iPad and I had to know what account their ipad was set up under.(We have a designated account for each teacher but there have been glitches and I have allowed different accounts to be used.)

I shared out the first album, Word Work, with all my staff. They had to accept the album. I only had one picture in the album.

At the meeting each staff member created an album, titled it with their last name, and shared it with only me.(To practice they took a picture of themselves with the iPad camera and put it in the shared folder.)

It did take about 30 min. To get everyone set up and troubleshoot issues.

Then the teachers' assignment was to go take pictures of 3-5 of their word work activities for The Daily 5. Then put them in the album they shared with me. Then I put them in the album I shared with EVERYONE. Each teacher now has access to at least 50-60 new word work activity ideas.

Wallwisher For Teacher Input - End Year To-Do List

So I don't forget anything for the end of the year maybe I will share this with my teachers. It's hard to remember everything so they can help me.

I was originally looking to use this for exit tickets. Just brainstorming ways to model technology.

SWMAESP Safety PD Rescheduled for April 8th

Dear SWMAESP Members,

We have rescheduled our Safety/De-escalation training for Monday April 8th. Tracy Daniels from Bolivar has secured our presenter for this date. Originally we had close to 40 principals signed up for this training. We hope to get back up to that number again.

When: Monday April 8th 1:00-3:00PM
Where: WOLF School (Same location as Nov. meeting)
Link to map to WOLF School (click here)
Topic: Deescalation of Heightened Situations
Snacks will be provided:)

In order to determine our needs for food we would like to get a count of who will be attending. We can do certificates for people who need them to return to their districts. Our plan is to cover the cost of this with our SWMAESP money.

We are excited to offer this PD to our members! We also plan to host additional Professional Development in the Spring, end of May or June. Below is a sign up for this event. PLEASE sign up even if you think you MIGHT come. There is a spot to mark "maybe." There is also a place for comments. We always welcome your feedback.

"Noodle Tag" - Staff Stress Relief

What do you do with your staff to have fun? Just a quick 15 min. activity to blow off steam, laugh, and have a good time? How about "Noodle Tag?" Best 15 min. we could spend together at the end of stressful week!
Getting directions from Coach J

The Friday before Christmas break students were dismissed at noon so teachers could finalize semester reports. Our PE teacher Coach J organized staff Dodge Ball on this day. Well on our early out before Spring Break he organized Noodle Tag. Who better to come up with a "team-builder"/stress relieving activity than our beloved PE Teacher.
The Game

Presentation of the "Silver Noodle Award"
The "Silver Noodle Award"

#MAESP13 Reflections from State Conference

SWMAESP Distinguished Principal Ed Elsea

This weekend was the Missouri State Elementary Principals Conference. I strongly encourage all of my readers to join and become active in your professional organizations. Whether it's a teacher organization, technology organization, or athletic organization, you will never regret joining. It's all about the networking!
NAESP President Mark Terry

A little over 10 years ago I attended my first MAESP conference. Another principal pretty much signed me up and told me I was going. Then, I ended up on local and statewide committees for the organization. I was rookie so I pretty much did what the veterans told me. Boy! Am I glad I did!
Principal Bill Powers presenting session on Twitter.

The conference was GREAT! It's not just the workshops that make this conference great. It's the fact that is the only time we really get to celebrate PRINCIPALS!!! We can all relate to the highs and lows of the job and give each other encouragement and ideas throughout the weekend. It's the celebratory climate that rejuvenates us to make that last spring to the end of the year.
SWMAESP Distinguished New Principal Tracy Daniels.

How about a conference "top 10" to put it all in perspective:
  1. Each district recognizes a "Distinguished" Principal, Assistant Principal, and New Principal.
  2. Practical application workshops: Workshops are put on by fellow principals. The information can be taken back and used immediately in our own school settings.
  3. Common threads: Most workshops are about common things going on in all schools right now. (RTI, standards based grading, intervention, enrichment, PLC, etc.)
  4. Connecting with old friends - Spring conference is sometimes the only time of the year we see each other. Even principals that work within 30 miles.
  5. Connecting with vendors - There is protected time to visit the exhibit hall and touch base with vendors and/or make new vendor connections.
  6. Current legislation(or lack of): Information is shared during business meetings to let us know what is going on in legislation. 
  7. Prizes! Vendors and our organization give away prizes throughout the conference. An Ozark principal won an iPad!
  8. Meeting other principals: This is huge! There is always something to learn from principals around the state.
  9. Networking - you never know when you are going to need a connection in another district. Whether you are looking for a job or want to observe a school that is doing something you would like to do, there is not place better than a resort of colleagues to make those connections.
  10. HAVE FUN! There is social time built in when everyone can just let loose and have a good time.
See you next year!!!