This week our schools' Instructional Leadership Teams, made up of teachers and principals, continued to capitalize on those instructional strategies that have the greatest impact on student learning. Elementary level (K-6) had the opportunity to watch Knight teachers in action on Wednesday and secondary (7-12) revisited Canby High School classrooms as we watched teachers in action supporting students' critical thinking, questioning strategies, and communication. Afterwards we collectively shared our observations, curiosities, and connections to the building's instructional focus. The host school gathers the observations and uses them for feedback in their planning for the year.
Being a part of both days it was easy to see the successes of our collaboration, instructional focus, teacher leadership and learning. Here are some of the big ideas that came to the surface:
Our collaborative teams are providing a focus on student learning that allows for teachers to target specific strategies identified as effective for specific students.
Teachers are energizing students' learning through engaging activities where students are experiencing high levels of participation.
Teachers are recognizing students' thinking and learning through specific praise, words of encouragement, allowance for more think time or opportunity to either pass or rethink a response.
Teachers being observed are requesting feedback that challenges them to be "students of their practice."