#SOL19: Day 21 #SOLSC


Screenshot 2019-03-01 at 4.31.25 AMI check the calendar.


Meeting coming up.

Do I:

a. Cheer and high five with excitement over a meeting

b. Have a mini eye roll

c.  Yawn in anticipation of a lively session

d. Plan to arrive early, stay late and be totally energized?

Which one fits your feelings toward those regularly scheduled meetings?

At the TCRWP Saturday Reunion I deliberately chose Meghan Hargrave’s session titled:  “A Session for Coaches and Teachers Leaders: Professional Development that Sticks” and like the theme for the day, Meghan talked about a clear purpose, relationships, facilitation, and cycles of learning.

The topic was important. The room was packed. People sat on the floor in the back, on the sides, and leaned in to catch every word.

What do your meetings look like?

The information that I found most intriguing was when Meghan talked about different methods for meetings.  Just like in workshop, different methods for meetings. Here are the five she shared.

Methods for Meetings

Mini-lecture 5 – 10 min.

Demonstration & practice

Role play

Make and Take

ON-demand teaching – both coaching method and meeting method


Could be faculty meetings

Could be PLC meetings

Could be grade level meetings

Could be collaborative planning meetings

And the methods could vary.

Does that happen in your world?

Or are your meetings pretty much structured the same way, with the same method, meeting after meeting? 

What’s the best that could happen if you changed the method of the meeting?

What could be the potential impact for students?

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this daily March forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

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10 responses

  1. Meetings make my eyes roll. I wish the writing project model of demonstration and practice had stuck, but our meetings are rarely anything more than sit and listen.

    1. Margaret,
      This just felt like another “found” opportunity to “walk the talk”. Sit and listen doesn’t bode well for “learning”!!! 🙂

  2. I love this idea for PD and staff meetings. We use workshop in our rooms, but often when at these professional events we sit and get.

    1. So many ways to support the intentionality of workshop in both PD and regular meetings. Just the opportunity for more practice! 🙂

  3. The worst is knowing I usually have MORE work to do after every meeting so I am not always excited about them! Since I work at 4 different buildings I realize that there is some variety that helps make them more engaging for me, but maybe the teachers within each building don’t have that benefit of variety. Great food for thought today, Fran!

    1. Paula,
      I think teachers would love to see your “Live” sketchnoting of a meeting or PD as even another source of methodology. Meetings aligned with our workshop beliefs . . . another source of support! ❤

  4. Eye roll here, as many meetings could be accomplished with an email. PD, on the other hand, is getting better and more interactive.

    1. Good to know that PD is improving. Email for announcements is so important!

  5. So many times I have attended meetings where the information given out in the course of 45 minutes could have been disseminated in 10. There was lots of telling and little dialogue. This is definitelu one thing I don’t miss since I retired.

  6. Thank you for sharing your learning with us. I really appreciate it! I would have lovedcto have been at that session and at Saturday Reunion. So, nice that you make me fsel like I learned , even though I wasnt there!

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