Virtual Professional Learning:
Moving Beyond the Classroom Walls

Assignment 1:  Read the description for your numbered outcome below. Click on the link.  Be ready to share with the group one idea you had from your learning.

Why VPL?  

It is individualized, flexible, and collaborative that will allow....

1. Vertical Teaming Opportunities to unleash expertise.  Participants can share their thinking and knowledge with others in a safe environment.

2.  Build Efficacy.  Participants will know that they have the capacity to make a difference through their work and be willing to take the responsibility to do so.

3.  Maximizing of  Time.  Participants can see themselves as capable of self-direction.  They can direct the amount of time needed to complete the task.  They can choose where and when their learning will take place inside of the framework.

4.  Differentiated Interests.... follow the link to learn more.

5. Micro Level Learning....see the link below to learn more.

6. Peer Accountability

7.  Support in LEADS.

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Stop here for assignment 1.


For more information on professional learning standards visit....

CCISD Calendar for 2014-2015 is on the link below.

Assignment 2:  

Here are some helpful tips for facilitating VLP.

Which step might you need support with for planning VLP?

Share with your elbow partner.

Assignment 3:

Click on the button below and explore the documents used in one VLP.  You may wish to work with your elbow partner to navigate through the documents.

Visit Edmodo with the code ggtuyq for the group work in Conferring with Writers.

Write any questions or thoughts about the structure of the type of VLP and share with the group.

Assignment 4: Here are some more TACKKS for the group to explore.  Work in partners in a different TACKK link at you tables and become the experts.  Highlight to the group 2 new types of learning that is showcased in the TACKK.

Powerful Questions

Are you asking the questions to get your kids really thinking?

Supporting a Math Meeting

Here is an example of VLP in an email.

From: Shannon, Michial

To: STAFF at Wonderful Learning School

Meals used to be cooked in the fireplace in a big kettle hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire (firewood was scarce and expensive so dung was often used), and they added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not have much meat. They would eat the soup or stew for dinner leaving the leftovers in the pot as there was no refrigeration for storage. Each day they would add to the previous leftovers. Sometimes this concoction had food in it that had been there quite a while.

Thus, "peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old"

On occasion they might procure a piece of meat, most likely pork. They would hang this in the fireplace to preserve by drying. It also was a sign that the man was able to "bring home the bacon"

If they had guests, they might cut off a small piece and "chew the fat".

Here is an example of.....

Assignment 5:  Time to think about your own VLP.  Discuss your ideas at your table group.  Jot down some notes on the form in the button below.

Comment Stream

3 years ago

Donna, This is a wonderful collection of articles and videos to get this discussion started!

3 years ago

Here's the new Edmodo link: f5wa64