Each week, Instant Meeting presents an idea or activity that you might use to make staff meetings more interesting, teacher-centered, educational, or fun.
Focus the spotlight on "ideas that work." In this activity, principals set the theme for a 15-minute idea sharing session at each month's staff meeting.
Teachers will provide their own materials; if their idea involves a student work sheet or other materials, they might come prepared with handouts of those resources.
This activity is ideally suited for use as a 15-minute "show-and-tell of ideas" at each staff meeting.
"Instant Meeting" Idea
Many principals like teachers to play an active role in staff development. This activity provides an easy way to accomplish that. Use this activity to spread around the responsibility and to give all staff members the opportunity to stand in the professional development spotlight.
For this activity, introduce a "theme of the month." Each teacher (or each teaching team, if your school is a large one) will be responsible for sharing a 1-minute teaching idea related to the theme. The choice of themes is wide open and can spread across the curriculum or focus on a specific area of school-wide focus.
Share an idea you have used successfully that
The list of potential themes is unlimited. You might even ask teachers to brainstorm ideas for the monthly "show-and-tell" theme.
You might appoint a teacher or a teaching team to serve as the moderator of each month's show-and-tell session (once you have modeled the session in the first meeting of the school year). That person will be responsible at the end of the session for collecting ideas shared (and ideas not shared, if time runs out) and packaging them into a "mini curriculum guide" for distribution to all staff members.