What if we share common mission and vision? How might we express our style, individuality, and personality while holding true to a plan and the essentials to learn?
My team, the Academic Leadership Team, includes the Head of School, both Division Heads, the Director of Curriculum, the Director of Technology, and me. We strategically plan using our agreed upon essential learnings.
Today, I had the honor and privilege of observing members of my team launch learning based on our goals and plans. Can you see our connectedness, themes, and common language?
All School Meeting
with Joe Marshall, Head of School
Early Elementary Division Meeting
with Rhonda Mitchell, Division Head
Upper Elementary Division Meeting
with Maryellen Berry, Division Head
How might we team to meet the needs of our diverse learners? What if teaching teams plan common lessons based on guaranteed and viable curriculum? And, what can we learn when we observe each other?
In a previous post, Summer Learning 2017 – Flyer and Choices, I describe our summer learning plans and choices. We make a commitment to read and learn every summer. This year, in addition to books and a stream of TED talks, Voices of Diversity, we offer the opportunity to read children’s literature and design learning intentions around character and values.
Here’s the data on what we selected to learn:
Another way to consider the data:
Throughout the year, the Academic Leadership Team has been working with teacher-teams in many ways in support of our team goal shown below.
We can design and implement a differentiated action plan across our divisions to meet all learners where they are.
Tier 1 Differentiation: Learner Choice and Voice
Our plan involves using the Visible Thinking Routine Sentence-Phrase-Word across all selections to notice and note important, thought-provoking ideas.
Tier 2 Differentiation: Level Up Pathway to Success
To meet our expectations, learners should read, view, or plan closely using the Visible Thinking Routine Sentence-Phrase-Word when engaging with their selection. To exceed our expectations, learners again have choice. They can use both Sentence-Phrase-Word and Connect-Extend-Challenge for deeper, connected thinking. Or, learners can learn and share publicly using #TrinityLearns, #TrinityReads or posting comments on the connected blog pages for reading a book, viewing the TED talks, or using children’s literature to build character foundation.
Be together, not the same. Learn and share. Level up when you can.
We know student-learners need and deserve differentiated learning opportunities. Don’t all learners? How do we model learner choice? As a team of 150 learners charged with a responsibility of developing and maintaining a learning community for ourselves and the 650 children that we love and care for, we read and learn over the summer. As we return to school, how do we share what we’ve learned?
We have planned a two-part summer reading debrief and sharing experience. Part One has adult learners meet and share what they gleaned from a common read. Our plan is shown below. Notes and resources are collaboratively documented using Google docs so that all notes are available to every adult learner.
Here’s a sampling of our collective aspirations:
- be flexible with everyone in the classroom,
- know that we’re all on different stages as learners.
- sequence in a logical order to facilitate understanding for all.
- select high quality (low floor, high ceiling) tasks that offer many pathways for success.
- use terminology like “yes and” instead of “no but”.
- draw to get it on paper.
- illustrate what they want to say and for comprehension.
- plan for more prototyping and creating.
- offer students enough time to think things over.
- allow the kids to give feedback, there’s always time to make improvements.
- use I like… I wish…
- incorporate more nature into learning.
- make time for students to create and problem solve without much instruction.
- develop growth-mindset and reflection.
- continual consciousness of modeling, building respect, patience.
Part Two will be a session in September where each group will share from their common read so that each member of our community has a sense of the salient points from each book.
What if we share what learn with others? How might we leverage communication tools to learn and share? What action(s) will we take based on what we learn?
As a team of 150 learners charged with a responsibility of developing and maintaining a learning community for ourselves and the 640 children that we love and care for, how do we learn and grow when we are apart? We workshop, plan, play, rest, and read to name just a few of our actions and strategies. How do we model learner choice? We know student-learners need and deserve differentiated learning opportunities. Don’t all learners?
There is so much to learn, practice, prototype, and consider. How do we learn and share? What if we divide, conquer, and share to learn?
From: Jill Gough
Date: Friday, April 11, 2014 12:13 PM
To: All Trinity
Subject: Summer Reading 2014
Summer reading for our community offers choices again this year. We offer three themes from which to choose. You may want to continue with the Art of Questioning, or you may want to explore Creativity or Social-Emotional as an interest. Each theme offers three choices, and if available, you may choose to read using a traditional book, a Kindle book, or an audio book.
A quick note and thank you: Last year Laurel Martin asked me why the books weren’t hyperlinked to Amazon so that we could quickly read reviews. Great idea! (Hmm…I didn’t know how to hyperlink an image using Pages…but I do now. Thank you Laurel for pushing me to learn!) So, thanks to Laurel, if you want to read reviews, just click on a book in the flyer.
We will use the 4As protocol to debrief during Pre-Planning. We are also going to schedule a Wednesday afternoon so that our community can hear and share the big ideas from every book.
Please see the attached flyer for information and links to additional information and a form to request your book. Would you please select a book by Friday, April 25 so that we can have it for you before we leave in May?
Here’s our flyer:
And, our version of the 4 As protocol worksheet: