Questioning The Ttwwadi Monster
In math if we can show the correlation between the math that they are learning and the real world such as cooking, baking, science, construction, engineering, etc. will our children start realizing the importance of being able to explain the processes in math? Our students read and use math more than they realize. How can we use their world to garner the results we want for them WITHOUT teaching to the test? How can our extended arts and special area teachers enhance what is going on in the general and special education classrooms? If we are using the same lesson or activity that we have used for more than three years- what can we do to improve it and make it even more engaging? If we are allowing the Ttwwadi Monster to take control, then we will continue to see plateaued or declining results.
The book Teach Like a Pirate is a mindset that some might not be comfortable with. The purpose of this book in our PD is to fight the Ttwwadi Monster! Even the way Scott and I approach iObservation are focused on moving forward in the fight. When we are looking at domains 2 and 3 of our evaluation process how are we improving ourselves and our instruction. TLAP goes hand in glove with Marzano's Framework to use engaging best practices to garner student development.
Defeat the Ttwwadi Monster
Read articles and blogs on the topic. Many teachers are fighting the monster and writing about it. The hashtag #flihighfri is full of teachers all over the world that are sharing positive educational experiences that are happening in their classrooms and schools!
Send Scott and myself artifacts, video, or documentation that you want to share in this evaluative piece. This is an example of fighting the Ttwwadi Monster- Twenty years ago evaluations were either just a formality of the year or a gotcha moment. That is not what Marzano is about. If we use this piece well, it will make all of us better educators!
Connect with John Wolf, and others that can help us as we move forward in our improvement process!