September's work has three parts--all participants:
1. Post and respond to September's blog
2. Click the button on the right and read the article, The Early College Challenge, pages 14-20, in preparation for the staff development session.
3. Participate in staff development session (based on the above mentioned article)- time and place details to follow shortly.
Top Five Reasons To Know Our History
History tells us who we are
Cross Creek’s history is a story of past happenings, events and transformations. Knowing about the origins of early college and Cross Creek help us understand why we do the things we do.
History helps us understand our school culture/identity
All school cultures have their roots in the cultures of the past. (Did you know that we are cavaliers because our first principal’s high school’s mascot was a cavalier?) We can help new members of the Cross Creek family create a sense of affiliation by making sure we ourselves understand and promote the good things that make us unique and special.
History helps us understand change
Each person’s view of Cross Creek is shaped by his/her individual experiences and the experience of the school as a whole. If a teacher isn’t aware of what happened during the early days at the early college, or the influence of various partnerships, and/or “support” (or lack of), he cannot fully understand the need for change that often occurs at Cross Creek.
History makes us better teachers
Knowing our history allows us to speak with a balanced understanding of both the past and present to the community, to parents, to students, and to other educators. Because we ourselves make history every day, the study of it helps us in knowing what trailblazers did and whether or not decisions made were right.
History provides a guiding path to the present and future
History enables us to understand how Cross Creek worked then, how it works now, and how we can shape the future. It provides us with the framework of knowledge that we need in order to build a better school each and every day.
Adapted from Arun Thakur “Top Ten Reasons to Study History Topyaps.com
Instructions (ALL): Read the "Top Five Reasons To Know Our History" and using the comment button below decide which of the five reasons is most important to you and provide at least two reasons for your decision. If you would like to add a reason not listed, please do so, but don't forget to provide at least two facts that back your answer.
You are expected to post to the comment board by September 15 and respond to one other post by September 20. I will be at Cross Creek Sept 21-Sept 29. Your posts should include specific examples and evidences, references to the original information, and a thought-provoking question or two to your colleagues. It goes without saying that comments should always be professional and courteous, even if you challenge what is being said. This is not the place to air grievances.