Forum 5: Endings & Beginnings: Reflections & Plans to Improve & Start AnewThis forum is archived and additional posts are not accepted.
Diane DeFord, Sat May 05, 2007, 11:36 AM MDT
May is the month of endings--the school year is drawing to a close, and the pace of life picks up speed! For a literacy coach, this is a key time of the year to look back and think forward. For the next few months, through August 5th, our conversations will help us reflect on the work of the past year to cull out pertinent information about effective practices, successes, and lessons learned. We also want to renew ourselves--pull the threads of our experiences into a new frame for the next year--stronger, more collaborative, more responsive. So to begin this forum, I'd like to pose a first question:
In what ways have teachers made improvements (How do you know? Can you document it?)
This question, to me, is the heart of what guides us to reflect critically about our work as literacy coaches, and the evidence we find, will help us grow as reflective practitioners. We reflect on the improvements that have supported or not supported teachers within the school context. We think about individual teachers and groups of teachers we are supporting, their learning, and the welfare of the children they teach. In every school, the evidence of change (climate, community, strategic teaching, children's learning, etc.) will need to be documented and used as part of the responsive teaching cycle (coaches and teachers alike!). Some teachers, through interviews, may give you insights. Others, through observation and conversations, may show you multiple ways in which they have moved forward in their thinking, planning, or implimentation of best practices. I have included one chapter from Diane Sweeney's book Learning Along the Way (Chapter 3, Understanding Through Observation) to start off with.
Please share your thinking, ways of taking note from your observations, successes, and lessons learned as you address this question: In what ways have teachers made improvements (How do you know? Can you document it?)