October Early Release 10.31.12
"What do we do since our data isn't changing?"
What we talked about:
- In what ways are we, as a department, customizing and differentiating learning for our students?
- When you notice a student's attention drifting, what are some ways you have tried or have heard to help redirect the student?
- What are some examples of ways you have structured lessons/assessments to ensure high levels of engagement for all students?
- Consider the audience of your students' work. Who else sees their work besides you as the teacher?
- How often you your students work in cooperative groups? How do you set up your groups?
- What might students struggle with this six weeks? What supports could you put in place in preparation for that?
- As a result of your work today, what are some next steps for you as a dept?
Some of the keys from our department conversations:
Following this work, we talked about the results in our campus leadership team meeting. This sparked some conversation about changes as most of the things the departments said is "what they are already doing." If that is the case (and sometimes it may not really be the case), then what changes need to be made in order to better reach our struggling students? More to come as department heads are now going back to their departments to highlight key targets for change.