Lifelong Learner & Reflective Practitioner

Lifelong Learner & Reflective Practitioner

Let's Transform Our Schools Into TRUE Professional Learning Communities

Let's Transform Our Schools Into TRUE Professional Learning Communities
In Your School- Do all stakeholders subscribe to the belief that EVERYONE has something to learn and EVERYONE has something to teach? This blog can help you gain insight on how to facilitate this transformative mindset with your faculty!

Jan 8, 2014

Evidence of Improved Teaching & Learning

Since we have embarked on this journey to critically reflect on the way we are teaching mathematics at my school, I have slowly begun to see increased evidence of improved teaching practices throughout our school. It is so exciting and I am extremely hopeful that we will continue to grow by looking within and reflecting on our practices and by deprivatizing our practices and allowing collegaues into our classrooms so that we can learn from one another. As I reflect on the transformation that has taken place this year, here is what I am noticing:

Many students are more comfortable talking about their thinking with their peers. They are accustomed to working with a partner and checking their work with each other.

Many sociomathematical norms (Mathematical Habits of Interaction) are taking hold in classrooms. Teachers are asking genuine questions (and students are asking when they are confused, rather than just letting it go), teachers are requiring students to use private think time (and students are allowing others to have it). They are beginning to use mistakes to start new learning.

Teachers are trying hard not to do all the talking, and letting students take charge of the conversation. This is also easier to do when the lesson isn’t an introductory lesson where there is a lot of vocabulary being introduced. But teachers are getting to a point where they are able to make some adjustments to the lessons, so there is less direct teaching and more student exploration.

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