Recently, LAC School did a first. The school partook in a professional development workshop on co-teaching. While that type of workshop was a first, we also did the entire workshop through google hangout. I contacted Danielle Schwartz (@teacherschwartz) a superb teacher with years of co-teaching experience from northern NJ. I told her I wanted to try something new with our technology, and she obliged with no qualms, We mapped out a plan, tried GHO a few times, and were ready to go. On the day of the In GHO, we had four teams in four different parts of the building. Materials (worksheets and a team building activity) were given out in advance. Teachers reported to their respective classrooms, and for the most part, partook in a wonderful dialogue of what co-teaching is and the various models of it. Like all things done for the first time, we had some missteps. Here’s the breakdown below:
- Easily accessible. We gave teachers the link; they clicked.
- Easy for the presenter. Danielle did not have to drive two hours to get here.
- Easy to understand and operate. GHO can be a bit tricky, but after a few clicks, you can easily follow along.
- Hard to gage if participants are truly engaging. Not having the person in the room may detract some from paying attention.
- Tech savviness. I should have know that running GHO on your computers requires a few installs when it happens for the first time. We had to do installs of all computers used. It slowed us down by about 15 minutes. Not killer, but it;s good to know for the next time.
- Consistency. While everyone was getting the same content, some were on the document, some were watching the videos, and some were at the end of the presentation. In workshops, I like to deliver the same message to all at the same time.
So many great lessons were learned from this workshop. When’s the next one?