SOS: Summer Twist on A-E-I-O-U

School’s out for summer and your Discovery Education Community members are putting a twist on our SOS series.  Each week we will post how educators have taken their favorite strategies and made them their own.

This week we’re taking a second look at the popular A-E-I-O-U strategy, this time through the lens of Professional Development.


Original PDF and Vignette

Twist provided by Kristy Vincent from Hardin ISD in Texas.  You can learn more about Kristy by following her on Twitter at @BigPurpleHat

I often use A-E-I-O-U during Professional Development workshops that I provide for adults in my district.  It provides a common feedback format that is easy for participants to use as they reflect on what they’ve learned.

At the very beginning of the session, I provide this Google template. Participants then fill it out and make a copy to share back with me at the end of training. It provides me with a good pulse on how the overall training went and allows me the opportunity to reach out to them to answer their lingering questions. Adults like the ongoing communication and having the opportunity to ask a questions privately as they think of them, rather than having to voice their question in public or wait until the end of the session to ask. The image below shows responses from teachers who attended workshops that I facilitated this summer.



For an additional way to use A-E-I-O-U check out this board created by DEN STAR community member Dave Tchozewski.  Learn more about Dave by following him on Twitter @daveski61




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