Staff News #5
Windermere Primary School
CST Visit Feedback
- The students are highly engaged in authentic learning.
- Success Criteria is right where it needs to be across the campus and we have seen tremendous growth since our first visit.
- Anchor charts are being created with students.
- There is a lot of oral language between students and between staff and students.
Ask Lisa Kammerer how to make a "Door Sticker"...
- Celebrate when students use a word from an Anchor Chart in a discussion.
- Say "Now use two words from the Anchor Chart to quick write a summary of our learning."
- Ask students to use the visual models on your Anchor Chart to help "justify their thinking" during a discussion.
Success Criteria Thinking Zone
Closure: Making That Last Impression
By Rod Lucero, Colorado State University
Do you want your students to attach personal meaning and relevance to what they glean from your daily lessons? An effective "Closure" activity at the end of each class period can help with that objective, creating what psychologists call the Recency Effect, otherwise known as a last impression.
Ideally, closure activities create powerful learning effects at the tail-end of the class, something that will reverberate for hours after the lesson is over, something a little sticky.
Closing your lesson by reviewing the success criteria is a great way of validating the learning that has taken place for each of your students and for you as the teacher.
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