While we were told many times that we, as teachers, have flexibility in choosing our own goals, I can't help but feel like we're watching into a trap. It's one thing to be told to actively reflect upon and adjust your teaching practices, but when you know there's a penalty for doing something wrong, or reaching too far, there's a tendency to pull back. It's almost as if we're being goaded to strive for high goals, knowing full well it'll come back to get us later. The alternative being that we all play it safe...and essentially lower the standards.
As I spend the next half hour getting ready for the afternoon session (the time for us to actually create our SLO samples), I'm disappointed at what in-service has sometimes become. Rather than an exciting PD session (like last October), we're given a day and a half to design our own judgement. If there's one thing I've seen in sci-fi films, it's that the creation almost always turns on the creator.