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Eyes on Instruction

  1. 1. Eyes on Instruction Holladay Longdale Trevvett
  2. 2. How Did Eyes on Instruction Come to Fruition? <ul><li>It all began with “Instructional Talk Throughs” in Edmonton, Canada. </li></ul><ul><li>From there, three principals from Henrico realized that a similar program would benefit instruction in their schools. </li></ul><ul><li>The program was successfully launched this school year thanks to the HEF Foundation. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Connecting teachers to: other teachers curriculum best practices new ideas
  4. 4. <ul><li>What is Eyes on Instruction? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An opportunity for teachers from different schools to visit one another’s classrooms, share ideas, and talk about teaching and learning. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After the visits, the teachers engage in reflective conversations regarding their classroom observations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The process is NON EVALUATIVE. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Our Journey “When people share a common vision, they can perform feats that would otherwise be impossible… There is something in the human spirit that longs for participation with others, that wants to be involved in a collective endeavor.” ~Robert Fritz~
  6. 6. Mission & Vision <ul><li>Common agreement as to why we were here. </li></ul><ul><li>Developed with facilitators. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Shared with the participants through a game. </li></ul><ul><li>4. As leaders, model good teaching strategies at the meetings. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Eyes On Instruction Kick-Off </li></ul><ul><li>Location: Walkerton Tavern </li></ul><ul><li>October 15, 2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11:15-12:15 Lunch On Own </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>12:15-12:30 Welcome/Icebreaker </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>12:30-12:40 History of Program </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>12:40-12:50 Review Mission/Vision </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>12:50-1:20 Develop Focal Points Activity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1:20-1:50 Define Focal Points </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1:50-2:00 Break </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2:00-2:45 Process Information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Schedule </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Observer Form </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tips </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Open Door </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lunch </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Binder </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Long-lasting learning is generated by going “internal.” We can take information in better when it’s not forced on us by an outsider, </li></ul><ul><li>and when we can process it in our own way. </li></ul><ul><li>~Eric Jensen~ </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>MISSION </li></ul><ul><li>EYES ON INSTRUCTION is a community of educators coming together to build professional relationships, share instructional strategies, and integrate 21 st century skills through reflective practice. </li></ul><ul><li>VISION </li></ul><ul><li>EYES ON INSTRUCTION will strive to showcase instructional best practices to impact student achievement, classroom management, and technology to benefit a diverse student population. </li></ul><ul><li>GOALS/FOCAL POINTS </li></ul><ul><li>Through the journey of peer visits, we hope to increase our skills and level of accountability in the following the areas: </li></ul><ul><li>1) Technology </li></ul><ul><li>With a focus on: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>21 st Century Skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student Exploration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Integration Across the Curriculum </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hands-on, realistic experiences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>2) Classroom/School Climate </li></ul><ul><li>With a focus on: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Parent/Community Involvement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom Meetings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>School Rituals and Routines </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mentor Programs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>3) Differentiation </li></ul><ul><li>With a focus on: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alternatives to Worksheets – manipulatives, centers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Time and Classroom Management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Groupings </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>What Has Been the Professional Impact Upon Teachers? </li></ul><ul><li>“ This has been the best professional development I have ever been involved in. It is do-able. You go to other schools and see your peers in action. You see that it can be done. You return to your schools with a visual in your mind and you remember.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Results of 2010-2011 Participant Survey for </li></ul><ul><li>Eyes On Instruction </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>100% of participants recommended continuing the program </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>88% said it positively impacted their instruction </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>94% said they implemented new strategies as result of these visits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>88% said it impacted the learning of diverse learners </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>94% said they gained new ideas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>94% said the reflection time prepared them for their professional discussions </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>2011-2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Expansion of the program </li></ul><ul><li>Nine Elementary Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul>