If an army marches on its stomach, a professional learning team needs tasty snacks and freshly brewed coffee to get the most out of good professional development. Last Wednesday Stenhouse author Kathy Collins (Growing Readers and Reading for Real) worked with K-5 teachers from RSU 23 at Jameson Elementary school, Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Not only did third-grade teacher Sue Gallant welcome participants into her classroom where they observed Kathy teach a lesson and confer with students, but she also baked an amazing pastry.
Kathy’s hand gives you an idea of the scale. It was big. And not a crumb remained by lunchtime when the K-2 teachers departed and were replaced by teachers in grades 3-5. But Sue’s backward planning was flawless. She had predicted that the delicacy would not last so she made chocolate chip cookies so her intermediate colleagues would not miss out on the goodies.
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