During staff meeting time that closed moments ago, I sat with a group of grade-level colleagues. Similar groups gathered in their own spaces. Each cohort had been charged with looking collaboratively at some sample of our work with students: an assessment, an assignment, a grade-book practice. Our principal charged us with using a version of this protocol, to give our dialogue shape as well as time limits. Each participant took a quick, informal lead presenting and we all, in turn, responded briefly to what colleagues shared.
A closure directed us to consolidate a handful of take-aways from the wide-ranging conversations. In my view, the session proved fruitful; better yet, we finished a bit ahead of schedule. Both of those circumstances felt novel compared to recent work dynamics during this long late-winter stretch.
Our early-release today, in other words, provided welcome release.