Synergy 8 – Self-assessment: learning from and with students

In a post from first semester, Empowering and Guiding Students to Take Charge of Assessment – Synergy 8 Example, Bo and I wrote and cross-posted information about a primary component of our assessment plan. The student learners take primary responsibility for preparing their reflections about their own learning and growth. The student learners initiate the … Continue reading Synergy 8 – Self-assessment: learning from and with students

Want to learn with your students? Read and comment on their blogs!

In Synergy, we are working to establish the habit of writing about our work, thinking, and learning.  Once a week, we ask our learners to blog to communicate with others in our team about their questions, ideas, and activities. I know more about my students than ever because I read their blogs.  I know more … Continue reading Want to learn with your students? Read and comment on their blogs!

#TrinityLearns Leading Learners to Level Up as a TEAM (#LL2LU) Part 2

Continuing our work from last month, Trinity School’s Assessment Committee continues to grapple with the following questions. As a team, how are we united (aligned) in our understanding and assessment of learning?  How might we grow our assessment literacy, understanding, and actions to focus on learning, assign competence, and empower learners to become agents of … Continue reading #TrinityLearns Leading Learners to Level Up as a TEAM (#LL2LU) Part 2

#TrinityLearns Leading Learners to Level Up as a TEAM (#LL2LU)

As a team, how are we united (aligned) in our understanding and assessment of learning?  How might we grow our assessment literacy, understanding, and actions to focus on learning, assign competence, and empower learners to become agents of learning? Under the leadership of Thomas Benefield (@yerlifeguard) and Becky Holden (@BHolden86), Trinity School’s Assessment Committee made … Continue reading #TrinityLearns Leading Learners to Level Up as a TEAM (#LL2LU)

Book study: #ChoralCounting and #CountingCollections – session 2 #TrinityLearns

As a community, we are focused on high-quality instruction that leads to deep understanding.  The teachers of our youngest learners take action to develop young, strong mathematicians.  Together, we are studying Choral Counting and Counting Collections: Transforming the PreK-5 Math Classroom to deepen and strengthen our understanding of learning and teaching early numeracy. Counting is a … Continue reading Book study: #ChoralCounting and #CountingCollections – session 2 #TrinityLearns

Book study: #ChoralCounting and #CountingCollections – session 1 #TrinityLearns

In Making a Case for ‘Timely, Purposeful, Progressive’ PD, Brian Curtin writes Want to maximize professional-development opportunities? Provide specific content that suits teachers’ most pressing needs—when they need it most. In order to ensure relevancy, teachers must be able to use the new insights they’ve gained right away. As a community, we are focused on … Continue reading Book study: #ChoralCounting and #CountingCollections – session 1 #TrinityLearns

Focus on Learning: Establish Mathematics Goals to Focus Learning

Worry in her beautiful, tired, sad eyes communicates so much. Strain across her face makes my heart ache. As we sit down for coffee with our children playing nearby, she blurts, “I don’t know how to make myself clearer, Jill. They just don’t, won’t, can’t – I don’t know – get it!” I sigh into … Continue reading Focus on Learning: Establish Mathematics Goals to Focus Learning

Establish goals to focus learning – Reading Workshop 5th Grade

What if we design a lesson to orchestrate productive discussion, critique the reasoning of others, grow as readers and writers, and deepen understanding through reflection? The 5th grade team invited me to co-labor with them to help our young learners deepen their understanding of reader’s response journals. As a team, they are focused on implementing … Continue reading Establish goals to focus learning – Reading Workshop 5th Grade

Focus on Instructional Core: establish goals to focus learning

As part of our school’s Pre-Planning, Marsha Harris and I facilitated a faculty-teams workshop to continue our work and learning in the Instructional Core. Here are my notes from the session. The agenda, shared ahead of the meeting, looked like this: The slide deck that accompanies this plan looks like this: As seen in the … Continue reading Focus on Instructional Core: establish goals to focus learning

#NCTMLive #T3Learns Webinar: Implement tasks that promote reasoning and problem solving, and Use and connect mathematical representations

On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, Jennifer Wilson (@jwilson828) and I co-facilitated the second webinar in a four-part series on the Eight Mathematics Teaching Practices from NCTM’s Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All. Implement tasks that promote reasoning and problem solving, and Use and connect mathematical representations. Effective teaching of mathematics facilitates discourse among learners to build shared understanding … Continue reading #NCTMLive #T3Learns Webinar: Implement tasks that promote reasoning and problem solving, and Use and connect mathematical representations