Monday, July 1, 2013

Working on PD presentations

I love the reflecting that goes into the planning for either a PD presentation or a professional article.  Off and on, for the past 3 days, I have begun the gathering process -- quotes, pictures, ideas, etc. for a presentation on word study I'm doing in a few weeks.  This morning, I took all the information and artifacts I've collected and started my idea board.  I totally borrowed the concept of the idea board -- I read Presentation Zen two summers ago, and I love the fact that even though the author is very techie and visual with his presentations, he always starts with a poster board and post-it notes when laying out the ideas and the flow.

So, it may not look like much, but after several days of gathering and several hours this morning of organizing, I have a first draft of my presentation.

As I was going through this process, I realized it is one I want to share with my students.  With the emphasis on research in the common core standards, this would be a great tool to share so that they might put it in their writing toolbox if it works for them.

Come to think of it, I see some professional writing coming out of this...


  1. Oh my gosh, Karen, I love this idea! Can't wait to try it! And yes, I definitely think it's one kids could use. Also teachers when we are doing backward design on units! Can't wait to try it!

  2. I just got to this, Karen, and wanted to say I like the idea of showing it to students. I usually have had them do a 'visual' on a large piece of paper, but writing all over it instead of sticky notes,etc. I think this would work well because they can move things around and watch the flow. Thanks!