The advice that Founder’s School has for start-ups is just as applicable to schools. (My comments in bold.) Get to know your customers/community/learners Devise ways to test your hypotheses about how students learn best. Glean insights about what students need from what you learn outside the building Get, keep and grow customers. Okay this one is harder, because schools don’t compete against each other, but every kid in your schools should be a loyal customer. They should love their school. Get the Heck Out of the Building, Founder’s School: Part 2 | Inc.com.
Are your assessments mostly check ups or autopsies? Good thoughts on formative assessment: “summative assessments have been likened by some educators, to an “autopsy” because of the finality of their administration and results. These types of tests, like so many high stakes tests, are often administered near the end of the year and by the time the results come back, do not offer educators a lot of time to go back and reteach or change instruction.“ http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/10446
I recently ran this workshop: This workshop looks at a set of Teaching as Inquiry case studies, drawing from them a deeper understanding of the process and tools that can make on-going, iterative improvement of teacher practice a reality in every school. [ Whole school | hands-on workshop | 1/2 day ] To enquire about this workshop for your school or cluster email Mark
I recently ran this workshop: While Teaching as Inquiry is written into our curriculum document, recent research suggests that few teachers feel well supported in developing their inquiries. This workshop unpacks the inquiry process in simple, easy-to-understand terms and provides teachers and leaders with several simple tools to deepen the quality of inquiry, and therefore outcomes for students. [ Whole school | hands-on workshop | 1/2 day ] To enquire about this workshop for your school or cluster email Mark
I recently ran this workshop: One of the things that underpins all of our work in schools is an awareness that starting with student needs is paramount. Teaching as Inquiry is a powerful framework for i) identifying student learning needs, ii) identifying strategies most likely to make a difference, and ii) evaluating our own effectiveness in meeting those original learning needs. This session will look at practical, easy-to-use, classroom strategies for helping everyone become a better teacher every day. [All staff | workshop | two hours or half day ]… Read more Better Teachers Every Day | Teaching as Inquiry →