I have been lucky enough to attend a PLC Institute. Below are some of my take away:
First Things First: Building the Solid Foundation of a PLC at Work
- Book to read: How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work: Seven Languages for Transformation
- Clarity precedes competence-We need to be clear in order for teachers and students to learn.
- PLC is a process not an event.
- Mission is just words if you don’t have a vision and make a commitment to action.
- All needs to mean all because of the changes in the economy.
- We need to create some professional commitments to each other to accomplish our goals.
More Powerful than Poverty
- Good teaching is not what I do for my students. It is what we do for our students.
- We need to have the in-depth conversation about what does the standard really mean. The teachers teaching the standards need to be the one having the conversations not be handed the work other did.
- Do a few things really well.
- We need to really dig into the research about what actually works in instruction.
- Rigorous learning goals
- Common formative assessment
- Corrective feedback
- Peer tutoring
Student Data Notebooks: Developing Ownership, Motivation and a Growth Mindset
- When we build a common understanding, teachers will be professionals
- Empowerment + Engagement=ownership of learning
- Self-Efficacy effect size= .82 effect size
- Data Notebooks fomralize self-analysis and goal setting.
- Don’t let notebooks sit on a shelf.
- Idea-students that need to be progressed monitor b/c of FAST testing need to set goals and start recording the progress monitoring to own the process.
- Using SBAR rubrics with student reflections, help students grow.
My mind is spinning with ideas for district Teach magazine. I also am excited about sharing the information with others.
Read day two and three reflections here.
Read about my next steps here.