How might we learn and grow together? How do we connect ideas and engage in productive, purposeful professional development (aka learning experiences) around common mission, vision, and goals? What if we model what we want to see and experience in our classrooms?
Influenced, inspired, and challenged by our work at Harvard Graduate School of Education’s 2016 session on the Transformative Power of Teacher Teams, Maryellen Berry, Rhonda Mitchell, Marsha Harris, and I set common goals for faculty-learners.
We can design and implement a differentiated action plan across our grade to meet all learners where they are.
But, how do we get there?
For a while, we will narrow to a micro-goal.
We can focus on the instructional core, i.e. the relationship between the content, teacher, and learner.
For today’s Pre-Planning session, a specific goal. At the end of this session, every faculty-learner should be able to say
We can engage in purposeful instructional talk concerning reading, writing, and math to focus on the instructional core.
Here’s our learning plan:
|8:00||Intro to Purpose
Instructional Core: Relationship between content, teacher, student
Explain Content Groups tasks
|8:30||Movement to Content Groups|
|8:35||Content Groups Develop Mini-Lesson|
|9:05||Movement back to Grade-Level Teams in the Community Room|
|9:10||Share Readers’ Workshop Instructional Core ideation|
|9:20||Q&A and transition|
|9:25||Share Writers’ Workshop Instructional Core ideation|
|9:35||Q&A and transition|
|9:40||Share Number Talk Instructional Core ideation|
|9:50||Q&A and transition|
|9:55||Closure: Planning, Reflection, Accountability|
We also shared our learning progressions with faculty so they might self-assess and grow together.
When we focus on the instructional core and make our thinking visible, we open up new opportunities to learn and to impact learning with others.
How might we deepen understanding to strengthen learning?