To build a stronger PLC’s that will aid in shaping our school culture, so questions we should consider are:
This action requires students to take the time to collaborate within their groups and learn what they will present. This practice will ensure that students retain what they have learned. All students bring a vast amount of life experiences in the classroom and it is up to the teacher to utilize their resources effectively while ensuring shared collaboration without risk. Using prior knowledge in conjunction with world experiences achieves higher learning more effectively.
In Finnie Tyler High School, there is no mission, vision, or goals driving learning. Each teacher does what they want, when they want. This is an ineffective approach to instruction because students have a difficult time making connections between various subject matters and learning does not necessarily build from one concept to the next or even from one class to the next. Another issues is that teachers are professionally isolated, meaning they do not collaborate with one another. Collaboration is extremely important in improving instructional practices.
W. Edwars Deming, American engineer and management consultant, wrote “a bad system will beat a good person every time.” This quote demonstrates the necessity for a school administrator to establish a school culture that is inviting and characterized by collaboration. In order to intentionally create a welcoming and collaborative school climate, clear, frequent, and inclusive communication is fundamental. Families, staff, and community members should be afforded the opportunity to become involved in enhancing student learning, the decision making processes of the school, and meaningful school-based activities. Opening the lines of communication about possible involvement at a school promotes a good system, in which good people can thrive.
Teaching is moving from an individual to a collective activity. The level of agreement and alignment across classrooms around powerful practices are increasing. The school is aligning its organizational resources around support for instructional improvement.
- I encourage students to share their varied perspectives and experiences & create a supportive environment in which this can occur
The principal conducted several meetings with stakeholders during the summer months to collect data and feedback to assess needs of the school. Our professional learning community team and principal participated in district training throughout the year over the summer.
Over the course of the last three months, I have had the opportunity to complete my internship at HCC. My passion for assisting students in making a smooth transition between a high school and a collegiate environment led me to serve the HCC
I agree, we often mistake PLCs for when teachers meet with other teachers. In my opinion, in order to have a successful PLC, you need to see student growth as well as have action steps to move the students forward. This is very different than when teachers meet with other teachers to discuss issues, but do not come out with action steps.
A. School Improvement Initiatives: We discussed two school improvement initiatives: 1. Professional Learning Communities’ (PLC) continue to dominate the intervention and improvement discussion. This year the San Juan School District (SJSD) schools went from district based PLC’s
During the meeting, I observed the team members demonstrate two very effective strategies: the team members actively listened and addressed the parent’s and student’s concerns and ideas and they
1.11 Create a learning environment in which the diversity of groups and the uniqueness of individuals are recognized and
Classrooms will be filled with a variety of students coming from many different cultures and backgrounds. Teachers need to acknowledge each student will be different in this aspect and will have had different experiences in their lives. As the class moves forward, the goal is to provide students with the same experiences, just with through different lenses. To do this, the classroom must have a strong sense of community and a
The Principals-Leadership conference focused on establishing work expectations, providing departmental updates, reviewing relevant information and setting the agenda for future meetings. The first item on the agenda was calendar information; Mr. Freeman stressed the importance of keeping an updated calendar, as it is a continuous process there is always a need for development and monitoring. Each school has the responsibility of
Like it or not, there has always been diversity among students in the classroom. It is the fact that each and every student is unique. From every circumstance, students bring a varying set of values, perspectives, and beliefs to the learning environment. Understanding the character of students is important in order to become a competent teacher. In fact, teachers should be aware and recognize students, as unique individuals, all acquire information differently than others. Some of these differences are due to developmental variations in cognitive, physical, intellectual, moral, emotional, and social changes caused by maturation and experience. And this reality of classroom conditions makes instruction much more challenging for teachers and