Aligning our teaching to challenge students

Name of School:

Windsong Heights

Our school is considered:

multi-level

In five words or less, describe your prototype

Common practices that challenge students.

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How might we?:

How might we design learning to challenge our students?
How might we work as a staff to align (vertically and horizontally) our instructional practices in literacy and numeracy?

Describe the prototype(s) your school will focus on. Get creative. Be sure to describe the various approaches staff will take, what you will keep your eye on and how staff plan to document their results.

Project based learning, use of writer's and reader's workshop, flexible grouping, self-assessment, and authentic learning. Staff will also observe other teachers to understand different approaches to teaching numeracy and literacy. They will keep their eye on use of vocabulary, assessment practices, resources, and prompts that others use. Some staff members will be interviewing students from other classes to find how the learning is going. Staff will use student work, lesson plans, and anecdotal notes from observations to document their work. Staff will also use conversations and discussion with students and other staff members as an indication of success. 
Staff felt that the collaboration helped greatly. The workshop setting was helpful. Some difficult things were that some students didn't want to be challenged. Some students had a hard time making interdisciplinary connections. Some topics were too big which made for loose connections that students were creating. Some staff found that younger grades were more worried about doing that same things as others, rather than stretching their thinking and understanding. Moving forward, staff felt that self-assessments would be helpful so that students are reflecting on their own work and learning. Next steps for some teachers are to have common documents for each grade so that others know what everyone is doing. Teachers are hoping to have space and time for collaboration.