April 2021, Volume 30
Merriam-Webster defines impact as "the force of impression of one thing on another." As classroom educators, it is critical to think beyond what you are teaching and how you are teaching it. Instead you should look into the impact of how you are teaching on student learning. This month's newsletter is focused on helping educators identify, reflect on, and develop impactful ways of thinking about teaching and learning using examples from John Hattie's Ten Mindframes for Visible Learning.
"Great teachers are not by chance but by design." - John Hattie, Author
John Hattie's Mindframes for Visible Learning
"I am an evaluator of my impact on student learning."
"I see assessment as informing my impact and next steps."
Formative and summative assessments make not only student learning visible but the teacher's influence visible as well. Assessment results allow you to reflect on the questions:
- What did I learn about my impact?
- What is the magnitude of that impact?
- Where do I go next?
Information from assessments can help students can see whether the learning goals were met and the content was understood. The question is whether or not your students are capable of understanding how to interpret the information from assessments. If you are unsure, check out this book by Nancy Frey, John Hattie, and Douglas Fisher titled, Developing Assessment-Capable Visible Learners: Maximizing Skill, Will, and Thrill.
"I am a change agent."
Educators change learning. Educators cause learning. Educators may be the only change agent a student has ever known. Building a school climate that fosters and nurtures high levels of teacher efficacy is essential. Read this article to begin to develop strategies for increasing collective teacher efficacy in your school.
"I strive for challenge."
Rich, relevant and challenging math tasks are essential to building strong math knowers and doers. Tasks should be difficult, but not too difficult. They should be engaging and allow for diverse process and product. While this may sound familiar, it is easier said than done. One thing is certain - students will do challenging tasks if they are interested and if they have explicitly been shown how to know what to do when they don't know what to do.
Enter productive math struggle! How do you get students to engage in the challenge and see the beauty of struggle? IDOE created a Google Site for educators to engage in a self-paced book study surrounding John Sangiovanni's book Productive Math Struggle. Find a colleague or five and embrace the challenge!
"I explicitly inform students what successful impact look like."
Check out the IDOE Math Framework to find success criteria for every K-12 math standard.
Elementary Resource of the Month
Would you rather...?
- Model the completion of a single prompt;
- Create a clear set of expectations;
- Use the prompts in moderation to keep the concept fresh; and
- Let students own the prompt and justification.
Visit wouldyourathermath.com for premade prompts or create your own to liven up a worksheet!
Secondary Resource of the Month
Turner's Graph of the Week (GOW)
Graphical displays of data are everywhere. Developing data literate students is not an option. Turner's GOW can help develop data literate students by:
- Improving content area literacy;
- Increasing critical engaged students through written and oral discourse;
- Providing relevant connections to the actual real world;
- Building community; and
- Bringing awareness to current events.
An added benefit for teachers? Turner's GOW provides a window into your student's opinions, interests, and passions outside of school. Visit turnersgraphoftheweek.com for weekly additions and archives dating back to 2013!
Opportunities for the Field
New! Webinar - The What, Why, and How of School-Wide Learning Walk Implementation
Are you looking for ways to improve student outcomes by tapping into the expertise of your colleagues? If so, join IDOE's Teaching and Learning Team on Tuesday, April 13 at 4:00 p.m. ET for an informational session on the what, why, and how non-evaluative learning walks can improve your school’s instructional practices. The meeting will also address how IDOE will support and collaborate with teachers that choose to be a part of the 2021-2022 learning walk process. With support from IDOE, teacher teams will implement learning walks as a sustainable and scalable practice in your school. Register for the informational session here.
Reminder! Productive Struggle Workshop
In this FREE full-day workshop, for any K-12 educator, administrator, or instructional coach, discover how to implement and support student productive struggle in the math classroom. This workshop will provide participants with key points from the Productive Math Struggle book, highlight action activities with demonstrations, and support intentional planning time. Show interest today by completing this productive struggle interest form. Virtual and in-person options are available!