I was very pleased with the results and felt that the students were better able to answer the questions accurately because I went over the questions beforehand.
I noticed that one of the areas of growth is in Consolidation, and I totally agree with this. Often I forget to go back over the content objectives and language objectives for lessons. I would like to make this my goal but to also include Clarify as an area of growth. I will be working with Kathryn this coaching cycle and am focusing on reading. I want to clarify to the students the reading goals for the unit, assess them often, and follow their growth more scrupulously.
Summary of Goal:
- Consolidate and Clarify learning with students by sharing the objectives before and after the lessons, assessing them often to get an idea of where they are, and focus on growth where deficiencies are identified.
After analyzing the results of the survey, I have found that I still need to work on clarifying the learning:
Making Deliberate Actions Towards a Goal
I’ll be honest. I have not deliberately worked on parts of my goal:
- going over the content and language objectives after the class.
- breaking the instructions down into more accessible chunks.
I have found that these actions have been more reactive than proactive (deliberate). For example, I gave my students some instructions and expectations for a project relating to migration. It was not until going around and observing and conferring with them that I found that they were confused about the expectations and had left out some very important, key details. Oops. Another example is during writing I have tried to have students reflect on what they have learned that workshop with their writing buddy. This was a routine that was set up without any reflection on my goals. It is good teaching, just not deliberate.
I need to be more deliberate about working on my goals. This will definitely be a focus for me for the remaining days of this school year.
After analyzing the data from the survey, I have found that I need to make some changes to my teaching craft in relations to Clarity of the 7Cs.
There are other areas of concern; however, I feel that if I improve in Clarity, the other areas will improve. For example, I tend to become frustrated when students are disengaged and inattentive when directions are given or explicit teaching is happening. This affects the general Care within my teaching. This might not happen if more students were able to work independently. Therefore, if I was more clear in my teaching and directions, it would improve the overall classroom experience.
Before I get into steps and strategies I would like to implement, I would like to explain a philosophy that I have around learning:
- When students feel comfortable with the content and practice or inquiry, students will feel successful and be engaged.
- It is only when students feel lost or frustrated with the learning that problems arise in comfort, management, and behavior.
- When the learning is accessible to all students, all other areas will improve.
Steps to Improve Clarity:
- Deliberate explanation of the Content Objectives and Language Objectives before and after the learning in a subject.
- Macro scaffold Content Objectives – break down the learning into smaller accessible chunks that do not overwhelm students.
- Tend to students’ misconceptions and questions.