Innovation of Training

Innovation of Training

Innovation of Training
Innovative Training of staff through immersion in hands-on experiences using research-driven best practices in how students learn, allows teachers to then emulate these meaningful experiences in their classrooms.
The Office of Innovation at Reynoldsburg City School District engages in multiple training strategies. Observing teaching strategies outside and within our district to see quality implementation. Direct peer to peer learning in a train the trainer model is also used for more customized professional development. Utilization of unique Double Robot experiences, Office of Innovation Play Dates, and other strategies are adapted to teacher need and flexibility in receiving professional development.
 
Choice is more than picking 'x' over 'y.' It is a responsibility to separate the meaningful and the uplifting from the trivial and the disheartening. It is the only tool we have that enables us to go from who we are today to who we want to be tomorrow.
~Sheena Iyengar
Have you read this?
 
Listed here are suggested books, articles, and/or whitepapers that push the way we think and help us to better engage students in learning.
 
Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
S.L. Martinez and Gary Stager PhD, 2013


The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity
George Couros, 2015


Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World
Steven Johnson, 2016
 
List update with new reads every semseter.
Innovation Play Dates
In our office we are passionate about helping our teachers use innovative strategies and resources to engage their students.  Because student engagement in the standards is our focus, we can't justify discussing great pedagogy by using the worst pedagogy, sit-and-get.  Therefore, we have adopted the #ReynovatePlaydate model to engage our teachers.  During our #ReynovatePlaydates, teachers have the opportunity to learn by doing in a way that works for them.  Some teachers need one-on-one support, while others want to engage with the tools or materials on their own.  Our job is to facilitate and make sure everyone leaves feeling excited and ready to implement the strategies we covered in their classrooms.  We are also available for ongoing in-classroom support as needed. 
 
Upcoming Playdates:
November 10- Code.org 101
December 8- Google Cardboard
January 12- Creating a Design Challenge 
Double Robot
 Double Robots are a new innovative and flexible way to engage in cross building training without the cost and time of traveling.  A teacher can observe best practice in another building from their own desk.
 Ipad Robot
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