quick, research-based-focused way to collect data as a means of focusing on best practice
a snapshot of what’s happening in the school
method for analysing patterns and trends in teaching and learning
structure for improving student learning and increasing student achievement
decision making device which is used to inform professional development planning
tool for increasing school-wide reflective practice
way to begin talking with teachers about how we can all work towards improving the instructional core
What is the Instructional Core? Content Teacher Content Student Teachers and students working together in the presence of content.
Seven Principles of the Instructional Core 1. Increases in student learning occur only as a result of improvements in the level of content, teachers’ knowledge and skill, and student engagement 2. If you change any single element of the instructional core, you have to change the other two 3. If you can’t see it in the core it isn’t there 4. Task predicts performance
The Instructional Core (con’t) 5. The real accountability system is in the tasks that students are asked to do 6. We learn to do the work by doing the work , not by telling other people to do the work, not by having done the work at some time in the past, and not by hiring experts who can act as proxies for our knowledge about how to do the work 7. Description before analysis, analysis before prediction, prediction before evaluation . . . City et al 2009
If we don’t provide intellectually stimulating environments for teachers, why do we think they would provide them for students? . . . Costa (2003)
1. What is our vision of effective student learning in our school? 2. How can classroom walkthroughs serve as a catalyst for taking action that results in the continuous improvement of teaching and learning? 3. What are some of the areas we might want to focus on during classroom walkthroughs? 4. What are the elements of the cycle of inquiry? 5. To what extent do you believe that focused conversations with colleagues regarding instructional practice lead to student mastery of content and skills? 6. What are the features of classroom walkthroughs that make it an effective vehicle for professional development? — Created by Stephen Gould, who is co-director of the National School Leaders’ Network Background Reading on CWTs leading to professional conversations around . . .
Use a wide lens to view the what the teacher and student are doing and identify the task
Interact with students as appropriate
Stay within the agreed time frame
The DATA that is collected should only be in relation to the pre-determined focus. There is NO JUDGEMENT to be made. The CWT deals only with what is observable. There are 4 guiding questions . . . There are 4 guiding questions . . . There are 4 guiding questions . . .
What is the teacher doing?
What are the students doing?
What is the task?
Does the classroom environment support the learning focus?
Analysing the Data The emphasis is on patterns and trends in the instructional programs rather than what is happening in the individual learning environments Look for the patterns and trends that are a concern and for those that need to be celebrated