After Isabella School introduced student data notebooks as part of a “leaders of their own learning” initiative, the time came for student-led conferences with parents and teachers. Read how the K-12 school transformed the prospect of dreary formal meetings into a happy learning event for everyone!
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Florence City math teacher Marti Smith leads her fifth graders through some discussion of geometric shapes, trying to decide “which one doesn’t belong?” When the students discover there are lots of right answers, thinking deepens and lively conversations ensue!
Rock Quarry Elementary in Tuscaloosa has seen amazing growth over the last few years, writes principal Laura Jockisch. “Our journey with ABPC’s Powerful Conversations Network has challenged the way we think about student learning and changed the way we approach instruction.”
Introverts, both students and teachers, are often much better listeners and need more time to think through what they want to say. Research, says instructional partner DeAnna Miller, also points to a need for introverts to recharge more frequently than extroverts.
In the Muscle Shoals (AL) Schools, grade level PLC teams are co-planning lessons driven by learning targets, trying them out in class, and making videos so the teams can analyze and improve lesson design. In tandem, students are learning to self-assess their work.
Teachers at Florence Middle School use their common planning time to discuss a variety of instructional strategies. One meeting per month focuses on Looking at Student Work. Instructional partner Jill Edwards shares six videos highlighting this professional learning.
Schools should embrace “Quality Questioning” for professional learning. The book addresses creating and effectively using quality questions, classroom culture, teacher expectations, teacher modeling, checks for understanding, response structures, and feedback.
Many of us would love to improve our communication skills and be more effective when engaging in dialogue with one another. Thankfully, Jim Knight’s recent book, Better Conversations can help us achieve this goal, says instructional partner and coach DeAnna Miller.
Lori Snell, Coordinator of Instructional Support for Enterprise City, shares the story of her district’s three-year effort to make the instructional rounds process a “high payoff” strategy that builds professional collaboration and helps schools meet improvement goals.