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On September 14th, a small group of teachers and administrators met after school for the second meeting of the S.A.G.E. professional development series. Standing for “Supporting and Guiding Educators,” S.A.G.E. is a monthly program that helps newer teachers at The Gregory School tackle common classroom issues and receive support from more experienced educators.
In the S.A.G.E philosophy, all teachers, regardless of prior experience and training, can benefit from a relaxed environment where they can discuss teaching methods with colleagues and discover new strategies. After all, The Gregory School encourages students to view learning as a lifelong journey, not a short sprint that ends at graduation. We can set an example here by continuing to hone our methods and study new pedagogical techniques, throughout our professional careers. As group leader Lori Barnett argues, there is a real danger in the teaching profession of settling with something that just “works.” A teacher can stick with a few “greatest hits” lesson plans and teaching methods, without further experimentation or innovation. If the medical profession had adopted a similar approach, Lori jokes, we’d still all be treated with bloodletting and leeches.
The September S.A.G.E meeting focused on class preparation, with a particular emphasis on writing a learning goal. Future sessions will cover assessment design, differentiation of instruction and grading, designing units of study, and other facets of teaching.