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April 8, 2016

Thinking Topic...

What is consuming the thought space in your mind?

Feedback from your collegues

Thank you so much for responding to the question about CL vs CP. It gave me great insight into where we are as a campus on this topic.


Sara Hutsell hit it out of the park and explained the difference, and WHY there is a difference between the two, way more eloquently and articulately than I ever could have. Please read her response and solidify it in your mind. You will see it pop up in another place in the future as this is how we will define the two concepts as a campus:


In my opinion, there IS a difference between collaborative learning and collaborative planning, although I think the two pieces work together and are necessary in order to have one successful whole.


Collaborative learning prefaces collaborative planning, in my opinion. When I think of collaborative learning the quote, "clarity precedes competence" comes to my mind. This is where teams (any kind of team-not just grade level teams) learn about a topic together before planning the instruction that goes along with it. This might look like unpacking the TEKS, learning more about the content that will be taught (science, social studies, etc.), teaching strategies, interventions, etc. The way I see it is that collaborative learning is the foundation that collaborative planning is then built on. Learning requires synthesizing information, without that, we are just pulling from our own prior knowledge. Collaborative learning is where team members receive clarification on what or why they are teaching something, which makes them more capable of providing quality instruction over the topic.


Collaborative planning, in my eyes, is more about planning instruction based on the knowledge that team members have, putting their ideas together, and then using that information to make decisions about what is best for their students. Although one could argue that there is some synthesizing happening during the planning process, gaining new knowledge should not be the focus since we should already have this knowledge BEFORE we start making decisions about what is best for our students' learning.

News from Natalie

Please watch this video about the progression of addition and subtraction. It is only 7 minutes long!


  • Be thinking about how important it is to have strong collaboration with our teams horizontally and vertically.
  • Be thinking about how this relates to our coaching tables…coaching students to make their thinking visible through the use of various representations!
  • Reflect on your own instructional practices in this area. Reflect on your team’s instructional practices in this area.



Happy Friday!

The Progression of Addition and Subtraction

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