Wildcat Weekly

George Washington Carver Creative Arts Center 09.18.16

Agressive Monitoring

During our professional development two week ago a term called. "Aggressive Monitoring" was used during the course of the two days of professional learning. This sparked my interest and thus I began to research what would I see happening in the classrooms at George Washington Carver Creative Arts Learning Center. Aggressive Monitoring refers to you as the teacher taking full responsibility of ensuring that your students will or have learned what you have planned for in the body of your lesson plan.

Specifically, deliberate focus should be placed on the Introduction to New Materials, Guided and Independent Practice of the lesson cycle. Your work during each section of the lesson cycle is to be active and not passive, I know it can be easy and tempting to take a break or use the time to complete many of the other task you are responsible for. However, it is crucial you monitor your students ability to accomplish the task or skill the first time. Remember it is harder to reteach misconceptions or gaps once it has been presented previously. Therefore, the following behaviors should become a part of your teaching repertoire.
  • Make sure students are on task individual practice - Circulate around the room, lean over students' shoulders and kneel by their desk to carefully examine their work, using proximity to be an active and visible presence. Student should have no doubt that you are monitoring them. Praise students who are working hard, set and enforce time-limits, and implement consequences are necessary. During the Guided Practice, ensure that all students have an opportunity to practice. Don't allow one student to serve as a representative for the entire class, leaving the rest of the students without adequate engagement with the materials ( which invites misbehavior). Ask for volunteers to participate but be mindful of what what the others are doing.
Group Practice - Monitor effective collaboration. Observe whether students are
working effectively with peers--listening to each other, overseeing each others
behaviors to ensure they remain on task, and maximizing each others talents and
contributions. Cooperative small group learning consists of complex procedures,
behaviors, and norms of communications that groups is a regular feature of the
classroom, teaching and reinforcing these norms.
  • Pay Attention to the Quality of Student Responses - Monitor the quality of student work to gauge degree of comprehension
Individual -
Seize the opportunity to observe individual student progress and to tailor
assistance. Enable students to progress at their own pace on a class-wide
learning objective.
During Guided Practice, actively examine student work and thinking. Monitor
efforts by silently noting the errors and then correcting the errors aloud for all
students to hear., before attempting more complex problems. Ask question,
scaffolding them to gauge, the degree of comprehension, take notes on student
performance (using clipboards), fully engaged students.
During Independent Practice, circulate around the room, lean over students'
shoulders and kneel by their desks to carefully examine their work
Determine if each student has mastered the objective. Don't rely on group output to
reflect individual learning. The group must be accountable for achieving its goals
and each member must be accountable for contributing his or her share of the
work. Formally and informally assess the performance of each group member as
well as the entire group by assigning students to given responsibility in the group.
  • Offer clarification and extended understanding - Answer student questions, provide assistance and re-explain key concepts/ideas if necessary. When an individual raises a question that might be pertinent for the whole class, consider stopping the activity to share both the question and responses.
  • Gauge your coverage and improve your efficiency to monitor as many students as possible
(This summarized article was taken from www.teachingasleadership.org/sites/default/.../E2_Monitoring_Student_Practice.doc)
Aggressive Monitoring Video
Chiu KLP CFS and Aggressive Monitoring Part 1

Alignment and Rigor

This Monday we will spend the first 30 minutes of your professional development understanding the protocol process you will use every 4th or 5th week of each six week in the assurance of LOs, DOLs and Targeted Assessments are aligned to maximize good first instruction and increased student performance. The next 60 minutes will be spent analyzing your Instructional Planning Calendar and refining it. Grade Level Teams will continue this work on Wednesday.

A Strategy to Practice- No Opt Out

In typical classes, when students don’t know an answer, or don’t want to try, they quickly learn the teacher will leave them alone if they respond to a question with “I don’t know” or shrugging their shoulders. The teacher then moves on to another student. Instead, NO OPT OUT is a useful tool to get all students to the right answer, as often as possible, even if only to repeat the correct answer. For example, on day 1 to review you ask Charlie, “What is 3 times 8?” He mutters, “I don’t know” and looks away.

Many teachers don’t know how to respond, and students come to use “I don’t know” to avoid work all year long. Instead, at a minimum, you can turn to another student, ask the same question, and if you get the correct answer, turn back to Charlie, “Now you tell me what is 3 times 8.” Charlie, and all of the students, have just learned that they can’t get off the hook and must do work in your class.

In a more rigorous form of NO OPT OUT you or another student can provide a cue. For example, in a class where a student was unable to identify the subject of the sentence, “My mother was not happy” the teacher asked another student, “When I am asking you for the subject , what am I asking for?” The second student responded, “You are asking for who or what the sentence is about.” Then the teacher turned to the first student and said, “When I ask for the subject, I am asking for who or what the sentence is about. What’s the subject?” This time the student was able to respond correctly, “Mother.” The sequence began with the student unable to answer and ended up with him giving a correct answer. Note that the tone in most classrooms that use NO OPT OUT is positive and academic and using it only reinforces the teacher’s belief in students’ ability to get the right answer.

(Taken From, "The Main Idea" of Teaching Like a Champion.)

Why DO YOU Teach?

Children learn in different environments. Teaching gives us the opportunities help shape a dream of the student as well it contributes towards our personal growth.
Dorthy Hastings

I teach because, I believe that it is my calling to help students in urban schools become excited about learning, engaged in the learning process and to excel in all that they do. I also want to instill a love of learning in students, so that they will always have a desire to grow and develop.
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Dates To Remember

Completion of Compliance Videos ( Oct 7-14 2016)

SLO and PD Plan Due to District September 26, 2016

Assessment (5th Week of the Six Weeks) Week of 19-23.

Development of Wildcat University Calendar (Sept. 23 2016)

Grade Level Lead Meeting 7:00 - 7:50 (Friday - Sept. 23, 2016

Third Six Week Instruction Calendar (Fourth Week of the Sixth Week)

Lesson Plan and Targeted Assessments are due Wednesday Morning @ 8:00 for the upcoming week.

Grade Level Meetings Wednesdays weekly

PLC meetings on Thursdays weekly

Elementary Fair Day October 14, 2016