Presented a couple of sessions today at the Wichita Catholic Diocese over McREL’s nine teaching strategies. (I knew it was going to be a good day when I drove into the parking lot at Bishop Carroll HS and saw a group of nuns playing kickball in full nun regalia.)

Had full sessions both times (about 75 people total) and things went well. Had some great conversation between teachers about what a good strategy is and how it can be applied in the classroom. Really a nice way to end the week because it reinforced for me just how many good teachers are out there.

I was surprised at the low number of people who had heard of the strategies before attending the sessions (about 6-7). Hopefully they left with just enough of a taste to do more research and talk with others. We talked about WebQuests and only about 3 people had heard of them before.

That’s a bit scary. I understand how difficult it is for teachers to find time for personal and professional growth but there is some much good stuff out there and it doesn’t seem as if there is an effective way for teachers to find out what those things are.

Blogs? Online staff development? Structured SD time modeled after the “Sustained Silent Reading” time that many elementary schools have?

It’s a dilemma!