OWL Workshop Recap ~ OWL Next Steps: Alexandria, MN

OWL facilitator Brooke spent two incredible days at Alexandria Area High School! Read her recap below 🙂

For two days with beautiful frost edging every surface outside the window teachers at Alexandria Area High School and the surrounding area dug into their successes and struggles in using OWL in the classroom so far this year.  All but one of these talented educators had previously been through OWL trainings and everyone dove in on Day 1 with stellar energy. 

On the first day  we refreshed things we know we knew (but everyone needs a little reminder sometimes!), and articulating our highs and lows over the course of the first semester in our classrooms.  We ran circles, worked to incorporate literacy at a deeper level, visited classrooms and practiced skills with real live students! 
 
During day 2, we started the day reflecting on our practice both individually, in pairs and in a large group.  We continued practicing our circles, bringing all of our refreshed and newfound knowledge together. The day wound down with a look at assessments and wrestling with questions about how our gradebooks will change as our classrooms continue to change.
We all left looking forward to our upcoming Google Hangout check in and even more importantly, Midwest Bootcamp in June!