Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
3. Conversations among vertical teams about the standards, tasks, and student work gives teachers the opportunity to see beyond their grade level. They see the span of work produced from Kindergarten through Grade 5 and are able to see the global picture of student performance. The walk also allows teachers to see if we have total alignment K-5 among our subject areas. If there is a gap, it is discussed, analyzed, and solutions brought to the forefront.
Standards-based Bulletin Boards collapse the four walls of the classroom, take student work out of the portfolio crate, and make student performance visible. From a coaching position, days like this are purposeful and powerful, and one I would highly recommend for any school.
If you are in a school were Standards-Based Bulletin Boards are the culture, here are some quick and easy steps to make a day like this happen in your own building:
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
This year, that ideal has changed due to budget cuts and now we are carrying two coaches. One full time instructional coach (me) and an instructional technology coach. We opted for the technology coach so we could begin digitally warehousing and sharing information on-line, and promote self-learning opportunities. This cut has us relying more heavily on lead teachers who run PD in their content area at their grade level. With that said, they also have full-time teaching responsibilities. Therefore, without coaches with release time, we have gone from substantial in class coaching to virtually none. What implications this will hold are forthcoming.
So, to prepare, I have four ideas:
#1 Capture, edit, and upload as many videos as possible from classrooms and warehouse them on our Setting the Standard ning.
#3 Form PLC’s based on needs and passions rather than by grade levels.
#4 Lead our teachers to be self-directed learners, avid readers, collaborative workers, and community contributors.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Simply put, I was shocked. You see, Chets is an educational utopia, a close knit learning community where we all feel safe and supported...or so I thought. The data collected, may look outstanding to an outsider, especially if they work in rougher schools, but led to the alarming fact that although the greatest majority of our students feel safe within our classrooms, more unstructured areas like the hallways, cafeteria, restrooms, playground, and bus stops are an area of concern. And, many students, at one point or another, have been the target of bullies, have bullied themselves, or have been a witness of bullying. Students in the survey say...
•52% of fourth graders agree.
•20% of fifth graders agree.
I was picked on or teased in a mean way by students.
•26% of third graders agree.
•48% of fourth graders agree.
•29% of fifth graders agree.
•57% of fourth graders agree.
•29% of fifth graders agree.
So, in an effort to turn these percentages into 0%, the Foundations team has put in place a week of anti-bullying activities and among other things will be educating students through closed circuit T.V. Below is one video that will most likely be shared with our students.
If you have other helpful anti-bullying literature or campaigns going on in your school, please post a comment so I can share it with our team to ensure that all CCE students feel safe, unbullied, and appreciated. After all, even one student being bullied is too many. In my mind, I think, what if it was my own son?