Welcoming Pineapple PD @ OJCS

We are gearing up to launch Pineapple PD here at OJCS in order to move closer to reaching our North Stars.  One of the clearest take-aways from our work last school year with No Tosh was that our faculty felt like they mostly worked in isolation from each other.  One of our guiding North Stars at OJCS is that we learn better together.  So with that in mind we have done much to begin to push through the silos and connect with one another – from EdCamps, to engaging PLNs through the Twitterverse, increasing team contact and even launching prototypes together in varying configurations.  Now we are ready for more collaborative magic through the implementation of Pineapple charts.  We have learned from Jennifer Gonzalez and Mark Barnes and their sharings in Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School.  Our teachers are primed to invite and be invited informally into each others classrooms.  We will begin to identify what parts of our own individualized practice we are trying to evolve and invite learning from one another.  We will also begin to understand what we can be sharing and growing in others.  The possibilities are endless and will make PD a point of engagement that can ebb and flow according to one’s needs and interests.  This lends itself beautifully to another of our carefully selected North Stars, we own our own learning.

Along with visiting author Silvia Tolisano of Langwitches, a cohort of interested OJCS teachers (#TheDocuMENTORS), have been invited to join our Grade 3 class tomorrow to continue to learn the ins and outs of documenting learning.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to set our Pineapple PD in motion and begin to shift the culture of our school.  We have so much to learn from one another and the pineapple chart will invite self-selected opportunities to informally sit in and learn.

We’ll be documenting our Pineapple journey and keep everyone in the loop.  In the meantime, we welcome feedback and comments from others who are a healthy distance down this road.  In terms of thinking about Pineapple charts, has anyone experimented with electronic Pineapple Charts versus a physical chart in a shared area?  Has anyone visited someone’s space virtually to bring Pineapple PD beyond the walls of your school?  Looking so forward to learning together.

One thought on “Welcoming Pineapple PD @ OJCS

  1. @Keren
    “We learn better together” is an incredible North Star for any learner (student, teacher, parent, community, etc.)… Documenting the learning moves these goals from talking about “it” to providing evidence, transparency and modeling of what we wish to see in our learning community.
    Documenting also gives us the opportunity to share our own learning journey to capture our stepping stones (…or maybe we could call them stations, if we see the journey as a train ride…) along the way…. to give us (and others) a road map to where we have been and which direction we are going. Documenting also supports our quest to establish and develop our credibility as a learner (for ourselves and our learning community).

    I love seeing how you are starting to hyperlink in your writing and am interested to see how you deepen that writing when you link concepts and ideas (in addition to people, book titles, etc.) in your blog post to evidence of documentation of these ideas and concept that you are yet to write, which are connected/embedded/touched upon in this blog post.

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