Monday, December 21, 2015

CL/DT @ BC: Know better, do better...


“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”  Maya Angelou

As we continue to move forward with "knowing better and doing better" we are striving for our CL/DT's to base decision on the "4 critical questions" in a culture of what John Hattie has coined collective expertise and collaboration.

Some take-a-ways from Hattie's work I am reflecting on and learning more about are:
  • Greatest influence on student progression in learning is having highly expert, inspired and passionate teachers and school leaders working together within their system to maximize the effect of their teaching on all students in their care.  
  • Measure of progress needs to be "at least a year's growth for a year's input".
  • Greatest influence on learning is the expectation of the students and teachers and school's major role is to assist children in exceeding their expectation.
  • Children should engage in collaborative problem-solving, deliberate practice, interleaved and distributed practice, elaboration strategies, planning and monitoring, effort management and self-talk, rehearsal and organization, evaluation and elaboration and the various motivation strategies -- the "how to" aspects of learning.
  • Teach educators to "know they impact" and build a culture of evidence, improvement and evaluation capacity-building.
  • Ask teachers to prepare assessments to administer before they start teaching to ensure that teachers understand what success is meant to look like before they start teaching and they can communicate this with students.
  • Increase student voice for understanding and promoting high-impact teaching and learning.
  • Less teacher talk and more listening to student dialogue.
  • DIE:  Diagnosis, intervention and evaluation -- what interventions have a high probability of success.
  • Key question:  how to focus on learning and teaching in a way that makes them sufficiently central and capable of being improved systematically.
Looks like holiday break has potential to be full of some very thought provoking time.

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