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Monday, August 8th Schedule and Materials

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"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."


-- Albert Einstein

Monday's Schedule and Assignments

Meeting Times and Locations


11:00 a.m. Registration


12:00 p.m. Opening Meeting

Living Room

  • Welcome

    • Nancy Dickson, ​Director of Professional Learning, CAIS

    • Pam Mulcahy, NENTS Director, Holderness School

  • Opening​ Reflection

    • Bobby Fisher, Director of Spiritual and Ethical Education, Pomfret School​


1:45 p.m. Journaling Exercise

  • Why did you decide to become a teacher?

  • What are your hopes, fears and expectations for the year ahead?

  • What are your hopes, fears, and expectations for the week?

  • What would you like to get out of this week?

  • Einstein once said: "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." Recall a teacher/coach/mentor who fulfilled this role for you.

  • Be prepared to share with your cohort at 2:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m. Cohort Meetings

Cohort Rooms


  • Heather

  • Pam

  • Scott

  • Yulie

  • Welcome/get to know you exercises - Be sure to have your object!!

  • Discussion on being a teacher

  • Classroom space assessment and design

  • Share hopes and fears for the week


3:30 p.m. Moving into a New School Community

Cohort Rooms

5:30 p.m. Opening Reception

Living Room

6:00 p.m. Dinner

Common Room

7:15 p.m. Learning and the Brain


- Scott MacClintic, Director of Innovation, Loomis Chaffee School

  • Link to note-taking sheet  (Will force you to download copy to your Google Drive)

  • Exit Ticket - to be completed after session

  • Link to Scott's Prezi


9:30 p.m. Optional Social Time


  • Collaborative writing assignment to add to shared Google Doc

    • Make a list of key ideas and observations from today’s workshops to share in discussion tomorrow. 


  • Reflective writing (in your journal):

    • Keeping in mind the teacher you identified earlier, and what you learned about your own learning preferences and how your brain works, did that teacher effectively teach you? If not, why were you drawn to them? 

    • Can you identify another teacher (who may not have made your list earlier) who did effectively teach you? What did they do differently? 

  • Add questions and to-do items to your Beginning the Year Checklist


Journaling Exercise

  • Journaling

Session #2

  • Building community

  • Facilitating purposeful discussions

  • Project-based learning and field trip

Learning and the Brain

  • Lecture

  • Archiving information

  • Formative assessment

Pedagogy Modeled

Session #1

  • Giving directions

  • Building community

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