Joe has an inescapable passion to create a learning environment that is timeless, physically boundless, nurturing and empowers students and parents. Joe desires every student to live passionately, think creatively, expect excellence from themselves, recognize the beauty to look, see and be seen, and to control their lives from their position of authority. Joe has taught high school Mathematics & Computer Science for the past 20 years at Agoura HS and has been a natural leader integrating technology, creative methodology and modeling risk.
Problem: Too often, teachers are in a "bubble" and the adult time of faculty meetings and lunch time is just not the right time or function for this proposal.
Vision: A school would have to set aside 30-40 minutes once a week for a different faculty gathering.
Notice the LOGO. It's a play on words of the types of gatherings.
Faculties would gather and then 3-4 members of the faculty would offer and communicate their general or specific, past or present thoughts of: Classroom Experiments, Innovations, Ideas, or Inspiration.
Teacher speaks for 4-5 minutes Faculty can praise, encourage, share related, ask for more, etc. for 4-5 minutes. Repeat with another speaker Anyone faculty member can speak but you only have time for 3-4 speakers.
Food: Administration will always offer free PIE and espresso
An shared DOC is created before the gathering so faculty and write and share their thoughts as the speaker speaks. This way, everyone has a voice for the speaker to receive feedback.
Slices of P.I.E. once a week Every 4th week, it takes place on TWITTER as a TWITTER CHAT.
None of these ideas are set in stone but I think this is a starting point for a new MODEL for faculties to share with one another.
I'm thinking we might be related since that same exact quote from the book is hanging up on my wall in my classroom. That one small excerpt sums up the core of creativity. I am so glad you responded and mentioned that quote.