Training Tuesday

February 2, 2016

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Critical Questions

The "Plan, Act, and Reflect" cycle used during your PLCs helps you develop the six essential characteristics. This cycle centers around answering the four critical questions:

  1. What is it we expect students to learn?
  2. How will we know students have learned it?
  3. What do we do when students don’t learn it?
  4. What do we do when students already know it?

Geri Parscale, featured author on the Solution Tree Blog, notes that "Focusing on the four critical questions helps PLC teams transform thoughts into actions and helps to create an authentic learning experience for kids. When we gather data and analyze where students are so that our instruction can be tailored to meet their needs, when we are able to develop strategies based on those needs, and when we have implemented the ideas and strategies that have a purpose, we can look at the changes we have made and move forward."

This week renew your commitment to collectively answering these questions with your PLC team.

What's the Purpose?

When a teacher designs meaningful experiences and outcomes aligned with the established purpose, the expected student learning is clear. This video, aligned to the quality indicators rubric, provides classroom examples of what you might expect to see, hear, and notice in classrooms with an established purpose. These clips feature classrooms visited during the September Learning Walks at CEB, OPJ, and OPHS.