Maker Spaces are open workshop spaces where teams are encouraged to create something together using their imaginations, shared ideas and the supplies provided. There are several designated maker spaces, each offering unique collaboration projects. Your team is asked to visit the maker spaces during the Academy and gain new ideas and skills in leading your effective Catholic school.
VISIONING THE FUTURE OF YOUR SCHOOL
Connection reflection- individual
CONNECTION REFLECTION- whole team
twin-cs world family map
Where were you 15 years ago? What events were unfolding for you? How many things in your own life have changed since 2002? Think of the pace of change in our world today. In past Academies we have pushed you to express stronger, more effective Mission statements. Now we invite you to clarify the vision of your school. Imagine what your school might be in 15 years….2032. Take a look at the visioning boards in the Maker Space and recognize the changes that have been. Using a piece of cart paper and any other materials you can find, create your own collage of what your school might be like in 2032 as it supports the needs of your students (not yet born). And as you dream, do not be confined by fiscal limitations. Dream Big.
Who do you learn from? Who learns from you? A critical practice of TWIN-CS educators is being linked to multiple sources of information and active in various collaborations. In this activity, participants are invited to reflect on their connections to others in their building and partners outside their schools that can play a role in supporting the ongoing growth and vitality of the classroom and school. Draw lines from the figure in the middle of the paper (representing you) to the images around the sides of the paper to indicate the connections you currently have. Darken the line for connections that are extra strong. Add arrows to the ends of the lines to indicate which way(s) you experience the connections. Reflect on the completed drawing. What do you notice? Which connections are strongest? Weakest? What is the reason for this? Which connections are missing that could help your work? Compare your drawings with others on your team. Next, do the Whole Team version, described below.
(We recommend that you complete the Individual version before the whole team one.)
Consider the lessons of the connection reflection as a school team. This time instead of using the handout, use post-it notes and chart paper. Each team member writes the names of 10 people in the school with whom s/he connect. Organize these on a large piece of chart paper. Include all the members of the team on separate post-it notes. Cluster repeat people into one stack. Draw lines between the post-it notes to represent the connections, varying the line type to illustrate the strength and frequency of the connection. Who is missing? Add other educational professionals to your diagram, such as other TWIN-CS school members. Who is connecting outside the school, across the network? Reflect as a team on the patterns and practices of collaboration at work in your school.
Since biblical times, humanity has been in a state of movement. Across rivers and oceans, over hills and mountains, through deserts and jungles—we and our ancestors come from many nations. The TWIN-CS World Family Map honors the many places we know as home. Place a pin on the map that represents where you currently call home. Next, place two or three or four other pins in the map that represent the places your ancestors knew as home. Tie one end of a thread to your home pin and the other end to the ancestor pins you place on the map. Revisit the map over the week to see all the places from which the TWIN-CS family comes.
The Woodcock-Munoz Language Survey (Spanish-English) will be available for participants to become more familiar with the layout of these tests and practice administering these assessments. This activity is best suited for pairs of participants where one person acts as the teacher and one person acts as the student. In addition to the testing easels, blank score sheets are available to practice scoring.
Use a simple recipe to play with words and phrases to build unique prayers - in the language of your choice!
Whether you or your students move between classrooms for their dual language program, help students make learning connections through creative displays! Take time to explore all the exciting connections you and your teaching partner can make between 2 lesson plans. Working together to design coordinated, look-alike wall print with common illustrations helps student reach new connections in the curriculum and unifies the over student learning experience. Turn to your lesson plans for ideas, and your colleagues for creative fun! Need a place to start? Try the Lord’s Prayer.