Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Welcome to Winter! Soon, this blog will announce our Winter Professional Development offerings... We are proud to offer intriguing, relevant, and inspiring professional development at TeacherSPACE during the winter months. You will notice that our hours will change as well. We will open on select Saturdays for specific workshops as well as your own browsing, borrowing, and classroom planning/provisioning. Check back to this blog for updates and for the TeacherSPACE Winter Professional Development offerings.
It was great seeing so many of you on November 30th at our Happy Hour! Joanne, Allison and her friend from Mariana Bracetti Academy, Koke, Betsy and David, Helen, Barbara, Charlie, Diane, Cheryl, Christina, Mark and Jonah, Kira and Jules, Steve, Paul, Amy, and Mary Lou made the evening sparkle. (I'm sure I've left someone out... Sorry!) We all did lots of networking, arranging classroom visitations among other things. If you haven't had time to stop by this Fall, we sure hope to see you on a few of these wintery Saturdays!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
If you need a ride, Joanne is coordinating a car pool list: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also in November:
- We are CLOSED Wednesday, November 14th and Wednesday, November 21st
- We are OPENED Wednesday, November 28th; PTLC Planning Meeting at TeacherSPACE on 11/29, and PARTY! on 11/30
Sunday, October 14, 2007
RSVP to email@example.com if you will attend. Space is limited, so feel free to tell a friend (teacher, parent, even grandparent) but make sure to reserve your spot!!
Friday, October 5, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
This Fall, TeacherSPACE will open on Wednesdays from 4:00 until 8:00 in the evening. We will meet informally on Wednesdays to talk about teaching and community, get ideas for projects, help organize the curriculum library, and just spend some time browsing the library of resources at TeacherSPACE.
Mark your calendars! Starting Wednesday, September 26th and ending on Wednesday, December 12th we invite you to stop by and bring a friend or two. (Reminder: We will not open the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving.)
Look for a brochure with special discussions and Saturday workshops soon. In the meantime, squirrel away a few Wednesdays to enjoy the company of other teachers, parents, and school folk. We'll be there when you knock and so will the monarchs, if you stop by before they leave for Mexico...
(See the side bar for more information about where we are located, directions, etc.)
Friday, August 17, 2007
We invite you to experience TeacherSPACE
on Thursday, August 30, 2007 from 4:00-7:00.
As you prepare your classroom for the new school year...
-share ideas with colleagues from across the city
-join in a make and take session centered around community building activities
-peruse the lending library of cross curricular resources
We don’t even think about this as a workshop… It’s an inspirationshop!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Invite a friend.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
The math manipulatives, science materials, audio-visual equipment, and class project displays have been organized and set up. We have a huge meeting-space area, cozy couches, and coffee pots galore --
In sum - WE'RE PSYCHED!
Thanks to everyone who came out today to set things up, brainstorm and work their tails off on making such a nice cozy space. The next few meetings will entail doing some minor sorting of books and supplies, and some long range action planning. We look forward to seeing anyone who can make it -- Oh, and when you come, you can also PERUSE or BORROW some teaching materials!
Thanks again to all who donated supplies and/or came out to help set up!
PS. Pictures will be coming soon!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Also, we've made a schedule of days that TeacherSPACE will be open over the summer for various activities. Below is a detailed version of the schedule. A summary of the open dates is also on the side bar.
Drop off/Set up dates (when people can come by with donations, help catalog things and set up the space)
June 28th 9-11am –Christina hosts.
July 19th 4-7pm – Betsy hosts
Grant Planning meetings & Drop off/Set up: (plan for grants and set up the space)
July 26th , Time 9am-12pm– Hosts: Betsy, Lynne
August 2nd, Time 9am-12pm – Hosts: Kira, Joanne
Make & Take/ Communal Planning - Plan for classroom set-up, get/share ideas
August 30th, 4-7pm – Christina Hosts
And coming in the future....
Fall Open-Houses: Wednesday evenings, 4-8pm starting Sept. 5th.
Each time will have a “theme” i.e. art teachers, science etc, but will be open to all who want to visit, schmooze, and collaborate/talk with other teachers.
We’ll also have PTLC meetings there about once a month or so.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Hope to see you there!
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Many PTLC'ers came with donations for the space, such as teaching materials (maps, instructional videos, classroom organizers....), furniture, and decorations. The best gifts by far, however, were the energy and ideas that people shared. We started the afternoon discussing what we brought and why, and then launched into a conversation about ideas for the future. Many ideas about partnerships, resource sharing, and use of the space emerged -- and Christina and I were so happy to hear that many of the ideas were similar to some of the grants we've been thinking about applying to. We decided that we'll probably have a few planning sessions over the summer at TeacherSPACE about these projects and grants. We'll make the date announcements over the listserv and blog. Please share comments to this post of other ways you'd like to see the space being used over the summer (book clubs, joint material-making, other get-togethers, etc.).
After our discussion, we got right into working on the space - setting up, organizing and cleaning. It's really starting to feel like a home away from home. Below are some pictures:
A cozy spot
starting to fill the book cases with materials...
Some of the great book donations we've gotten - class sets, children's literature, professional books - all so wonderful!
An appetizing collection of hors d'ouerves
Some of us at the end of the meeting (many folks who came earlier are not pictured here)
Thanks again to everyone who came - this is a great start to the summer!!!
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
First, I would like to acknowledge the passing of a great teacher, colleague, and to many of us, friend, Marci Resnick. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family.
Tomorrow is the big "TeacherSPACE Shower" Party. We invite everyone to come, generate ideas, and spiff the place up for the Summer. We also hope that visitors will bring a "shower gift" (i.e. donation) for the space. Please take a look at the wishlist for ideas. The only change in the list is that we seem to be doing okay at this point with chairs/couches.
Look forward to seeing everyone!
Saturday, May 19, 2007
PS. mad props to Christina for renting the big uhaul and going to several pick up spots before 10:30 in the morning (it arrived FULL at TeacherSPACE).
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
In reality, on Saturday, May 19th we have a packed 17' UHAUL truckload of TeacherSPACE "stuff" to unload. We hope to arrive at TeacherSPACE with this grand ol' thing sometime before noon and we need a major push to help unload and set things up for temporary use.
If you are available and would like to help out, here is what you can do:
Email email@example.com (christina) and leave a cell phone number or someplace we can reach you to let you know we are nearing TeacherSPACE on Saturday morning.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Oh and special thanks to Christina for compiling these!
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Two meetings on the schedule are located at TeacherSPACE. We are hoping these meetings will fuel our efforts in developing the space.
For the May 10th meeting, we hope that people will bring a sample of a great project/activity they do in their classroom, so we can begin to make a display of classroom projects.
By May 30th we're assuming a lot of people are probably starting to clean out their classrooms for the summer (or at least dream about it). So we're having a TeacherSPACE "Shower" (similar to a baby shower); we're asking for people to bring donations of supplies from the wish list. It should be a fun, end of year event, where we can also think together about the future of the space.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
1. Comment on the blog - for those of you new to blogging, you can comment on any message posted by going to the bottom of the message and clicking "comment"
2. Join our new listserve- there is a new link on the blog (to your right) just enter in your email address and you will be signed up. When you sign up you can chose to have a "digest" of emails sent daily/weekly, or individual daily emails. You will also be able to post messages to everyone on the listserve.
3. Email firstname.lastname@example.org - christina or kira will be checking it every few days.
Lets get the conversation going!!
Here are a few things to talk about -
Fixing up the space
Workshop ideas (or, as Helen likes to say, "play"shop ideas - fun, making things)
Where to get donations
Also - if you have any "ptlc" pictures (of meetings or fun things we do), you can send them to the email@example.com and we will post them in the "PTLC favorites" section of the blog, which is now currently featuring "Discovering Silkworms."
Have a good week everyone!
Sunday, April 22, 2007
First we took out the boxes,
uncovered the window,
and pretty much cleared the place out.
Everyone had a great time
and even the little ones helped out...
Monday, April 16, 2007
If you are a teacher in Philly reading this, and you'd like to get involved or support TeacherSPACE, here are some easy ways to become involved:
1. Donate supplies for the center (see our wish list below).
2. Join our planning committee: we meet once a month to plan, envision and strategize for about the center.
3. Spread the word: do you know some person or group who would be a good partner or resource for our center? If so, help us connect with them!
4. Share your opinions and ideas. Please email us or comment with any ideas you have for the center. Or ask us to put you on the e-news list.
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