ASCD Express 7.02 – Structuring Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind. Lesson planning is critical for student learning because it forces a teacher to be clear about their own expectations. When I was a teacher, thoughtful lesson planning was good for me because I forced me to ask myself, “What do I really want my kids to know and/or be able to do? Do my activities really align to the goals and standards? How will I know that they leaned what I wanted them to learn? ” This takes time and effort but it needn’t be arduous and it is always beneficial.
Monthly Archives: October 2011
I very much like this idea. It seems as if it is very much in its infancy. Hopefully this will be developed quickly.
By training principals in effective practices entire schools can be supported. This is not to say that teachers and other personnel do not need support. Increasing student achievement requires distributed leadership.
Response: Several Ways To Respond To “Unpredictable” Student Behavior – Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo – Education Week Teacher
Classroom management needs to include positive and negative consequences as well as clear set of expectations.
I have had the opportunity to evaluate teachers and be part of hiring committees and I always look for people who are willing to learn.
Coaching can be a valuable tool in helping support effective teaching. Done properly, it can support teachers in analyzing in their own practice and implement effective strategies to improve student achievement.
I’m starting to think that the core steps that I researched regarding high performing schools are core steps to any successful venture: 1) know your data 2) include all levels in decision making 3) have clear goals.
Does your school have the conditions for collaboration?
For more information on collaboration, take a look at the Sept 2010 Kappan magazine