Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
Successful Site Investigations
Included in the materials for each workshop you will find detailed instructions for the content of your Getting Ready and your Going Further Site Investigations. The following hints are intended to help you and your colleagues get the most out of these pre- and post-video discussions.
Designate a facilitator.
Each week, one person should be responsible for facilitating the Site Investigations (or you might select two people--one to facilitate Getting Ready, the other to facilitate Going Further). The facilitator does not need to be the Site Leader, nor does it need to be the same person(s) each week. In fact, we recommend that participants rotate the role of facilitator on a weekly basis.
Review the Site Investigations.
Be sure to read over the Getting Ready and Going Further sections of your materials before arriving at each workshop. The Site Investigations will be the most productive if you and your colleagues come to the workshops prepared for the discussions.
Bring the necessary materials.
A few of the Site Investigations require group brainstorming or list making. In these instances, it will be useful to have markers and chart paper or newsprint. The facilitator should be responsible for bringing these materials, when necessary. You will need these materials for Workshop 1.
Keep an eye on the time.
Thirty minutes go by very quickly, and it is easy to lose track of the time. We have suggested the amount of time that you should spend on each question or activity. While these times are merely a guideline, you should keep an eye on the clock so that you are able to get through everything before the workshop video begins. In fact, you may want to set a small alarm clock or kitchen timer before you begin the Getting Ready Site Investigation to ensure that you won't miss the beginning of the video. (Sites that are watching the workshops on videotape will have more flexibility if their Site Investigations run longer than expected.)
Record your discussions.
We recommend that someone take notes during each Site Investigation, or even better, that you make an audiotape recording of the discussions each week. These notes and/or audiotape can serve as "make-up" materials in case anyone misses a workshop.
Share your discussions on the Internet.
The Site Investigations are merely a starting point. We encourage you to continue your discussions with participants from other sites on the discussion area of the Web site and on Channel-Talk, the workshop email discussion list.