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Lexington Learns Together
should be a model for PD
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archetypes in myths and legends. As the session
wrapped up, there was little doubt that those in the
room could implement and adapt the methodologies
highlighted by the instructor.
Anyone walking into the classroom halfway
through would have seen a group of adults engaged
in a vibrant, authentic conversation about what
characters in a painting might do later that evening.
But what was so striking was that we were not
discussing the painting solely in terms of tomorrow’s
lesson plan or learning objective. We were talking
about this painting because it was fun. Educators
don’t have to think in the language of learning
objectives and Common Core all day long.
Lexington Learns Together is fun — and that’s
OK. Teachers who have fun in the PD classroom are
more likely to translate what they’ve learned to their
Lexington Learns Together was first presented
to us as innovative, and it is. But it shouldn’t be. It
should be the norm. When professional development
works, we develop more than just our professional
Del Nero and Olivier-Mason are English
teachers at Lexington High School.
Photo by Sarah Nathan
The MTA marchers in the Boston Pride Parade on June 11 did double duty — showing
support for the LGBTQ community and spreading the #keepthecap message to the
crowd along the route. Holding the banner for the group were Hull teacher and
MTA Board member Deborah McCarthy, Lexington student Lucy Sabian and Revere
Teachers Association President Erik Fearing. Salem’s Most Visited Museum
The Ideal Field Trip!
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