PLCs, Westminster JH, Randolph, and Learning Together

On Friday, February 17, Jill Gough and Bo Adams worked with The Randolph School faculty to share the story of PLC (Professional Learning Community) development at The Westminster Schools’ Junior High, as well as to facilitate a small piece of Randolph’s continuing, multi-year efforts to transform their school with the PLC ethos. Below, Bo and … Continue reading PLCs, Westminster JH, Randolph, and Learning Together

Learning as a Team – A Big PLC Bright Spot!

AS KU arrived for our meeting today, I asked her if she would show the video that she made as a result of a lesson in an earlier PLC meeting.  Last week KP showed everyone how to produce teacher-made videos to support student learning.  KP’s lesson sparked collaboration as GJ spontaneously helped with the lesson … Continue reading Learning as a Team – A Big PLC Bright Spot!

Empower learners to deepen their learning

How might we empower learners to deepen their understanding? After creating and administering common assessments, the next question is perhaps the most challenging: “Are students learning what we think they are supposed to be learning?” (Ferriter and Parry, 75 pag.) What if our learners are grasping the content, but they are struggling to communicate what … Continue reading Empower learners to deepen their learning

Thus – Strive to be one (TBT Remix)

What if we narrow the space between them and us? Let’s strive to become thus – the intersection between them and us.  How often do we point out our differences when we should be pointing out our connections? Math vs. and Science, Faculty vs. and Admin, Academic vs. and Co-Curricular, Teacher vs. and Student, etc. I believe we have more commonalities than … Continue reading Thus – Strive to be one (TBT Remix)

Doodling: concentrating, sifting, generating, focusing

I have been experimenting with doodling, a.k.a. sketch noting, seriously since August, 2015.  You can see my growth, setbacks, and learning on my Pinterest page MyLearning Journey for #ShowYourWork Doodles and Sketch notes. A doodler is connecting neurological pathways with previously disconnected pathways. A doodler is concentrating intently, sifting though information, conscious, and otherwise, and – much … Continue reading Doodling: concentrating, sifting, generating, focusing

Practice vs. Class – skill building, scrimmage, get in the game

Over coffee last week, Mary Cantwell and I connected coaching and practice to teaching and learning. Mary’s engagement with our discussion continues as seen in her post, An Ah-Ha Moment: Practice vs. Class. Our conversation, for me, connects to PLCs and Dr. Bob Eaker‘s writing.  While at our previous school, Bo and I challenged our teaching … Continue reading Practice vs. Class – skill building, scrimmage, get in the game

Assessment of Assessment part 2 #LL2LU

Continuing to consider how we assess the quality of the assessments we use with our learners, I wonder what might happen if we take the time to learn more about and from the instruments and products of our work. In Beyond the Common Core: A Handbook for Mathematics in a PLC at Work  written by Juli K. Dixon, Thomasenia … Continue reading Assessment of Assessment part 2 #LL2LU

#HLTA: High-Leverage Team Actions

I’m reading Beyond the Common Core: A Handbook for Mathematics in a PLC at Work  written by Juli K. Dixon, Thomasenia Lott Adams, Edward C. Nolan and edited by Timothy D. Kanold. In their handbook, they offer tools that scaffold collaborative pursuit.   They identify 10 high-leverage team actions (HLTAs) to  impact learning and improve team work, instruction, and assessment. What if we use this to … Continue reading #HLTA: High-Leverage Team Actions

Assessment of Assessment #LL2LU

How do we assess the quality of the assessments we use with our learners? Do we? In Beyond the Common Core: A Handbook for Mathematics in a PLC at Work  written by Juli K. Dixon, Thomasenia Lott Adams, Edward C. Nolan and edited by Timothy D. Kanold, they offer an Assessment Instrument Quality – Evaluation Tool and a High-Quality Assessment Diagnostic and Discussion Tool. … Continue reading Assessment of Assessment #LL2LU

Formative Assessment – Leading Learners to Level Up (#LL2LU) – A Definition of Derivative

We want more students to experience the burst of energy that comes from asking questions that lead to making new connections, feel a greater sense of urgency to seek answers to questions on their own, and reap the satisfaction of actually understanding more deeply the subject matter as a result of the questions they asked. … Continue reading Formative Assessment – Leading Learners to Level Up (#LL2LU) – A Definition of Derivative