What did you learn?
Exit Card Comments from Resource Teachers attending the 2008 Statewide Seminar sponsored by the Virginia Association for the Gifted.
Your workshop on Differentiating Instruction in Language Arts was the best I have attended in many years. Your slides, activities, open discussion, and general presentation inspired and motivated me to return to my classroom with a whole new set of techniques! I am excited about the possibilities to utilize the many tools you shared with us, as well the many practical ideas others shared with the group. Thank you so much for re-igniting my passion for "teaching outside the box" and making education fun again!!! Teachers and administrators need more time with people like you. What an inspiration. -- Kathleen Grantier, O.T. Bonner Middle School, Danville, Virginia
This workshop has given me so much I can use and share right now. The organization of the handout and workshop was excellent and Mary Ann elicited many examples from the audience because she validated our ideas. I have gotten much more than 1 day’s collection of ideas. -- Nancy Ragland, Woodburn Elementary School for Fine & Communicative Arts, Fairfax County, Virginia
There is no way to write down what I learned on an exit card. I took notes in my binder for your handout, notes on my laptop, notes in a notebook. Oh, and I used up almost an entire pad of 2 ½ x 2 ½ stickers. This was wonderful. Thank you. I suggested that they engage you as the keynote speaker next year.
For once, I found a workshop that was very applicable to my job!
I learned that differentiation doesn’t have to take an extraordinary amount of time if I use your suggested activities.
I learned some great ways to help students overcome the “blank page.” I will use so much of what you gave me.
I use many of these strategies already, but you gave me great ways to revise them.
I learned about RAFT and lots of wonderful ways to differentiate tomorrow! Thank you for all the wonderful resources!
You are a wonderful presenter!!!!!!
I learned that differentiating in the classroom is essential and not difficult.
I learned so much and I will use it all!!! I will share with the teachers I work with as a resource teacher.
The writing activities were excellent. I want to try all of them.
I learned how to tier lessons without using too much extra time.
I will use the personification with my class to really get them thinking. And, I love the metaphors and know that my students will enjoy these writing activities.
I learned that I am doing a lot of things correctly. A little affirmation never hurts. I can’t wait to try these ideas.
RAFT was new to me. I think that will be a very useful tool. Most importantly, the chance to compare notes and brainstorm is a real rejuvenator for me.
Differentiation doesn’t have to be time-consuming. There are many easy things that can be implemented.
I loved this seminar. I especially enjoyed the RAFT idea because I’m doing a unit on perspective.
I am excited to use the RAFT activities. This made it seem so user friendly. Also, I will definitely use the Private Eye School book (tomorrow actually).
I learned millions of ways to differentiate!!!
Great time-saving ideas that differentiate. Thank you for the Bloom’s Taxonomy questions I can use for any book and have something that challenges everyone.
My day with you was well spent. I will use many ideas such as: “What is the question?” Personify the topic, techniques to effectively manage differentiation in the classroom, speech bubbles, the fold-up VENN diagram.
I learned new strategies or remembered strategies I had not used in a while. I really appreciate the great handouts. They will make it easy to implement right away such as cubing and RAFT.
I love the presentation. Thank you for some terrific, practical ideas. I’ll try the 3 Strike idea tomorrow.
I learned many new strategies for differentiating instruction for my gifted students. I like how [you] took us beyond Bloom’s Taxonomy and encouraged us to dig deeper with questioning. Also, the use of tiered questions. I can’t wait to try these new strategies. I will use these as my students explore literary genres.
I learned too many things to note here. I took 5 full pages of notes. I’ll list a few favorites: RAFT, Tic-Tac-Toe, help with rubrics and Anchor Questions.
I love the writing center ideas!!!!!
Thank you for clarifying tiered lesson plans. I understand them so much better.
I learned strategies to differentiate reading and writing in creative ways. I will model these strategies in the classrooms I work in.
I learned so many things I can use in my classroom, too many to list. I was most impressed with the innovative ideas for writing prompts. I am determined to make writers out of all of my students, not just the gifted.