You can also fill out the Teacher Observation Request Form to set up a time to visit a colleague’s classroom to observe and learn about an instructional practice that you are currently working on or would like to know more about.
The TLC Vision for the Teaching Profession includes teaching being a public act AND a team sport.
1. Teachers to know and believe that by making our teaching public, we will learn and grow as professionals.
2. Collective Commitment and Collective Efficacy in Teamwork
“News You Can Use”
Every month, I will post information below that is recent and relevant to the work we are doing at UMS. If you would like me to find resources or information on a certain topic, please let me know.
Here is a reminder about some of the opportunities you have, as teachers, to share ideas and learn from one another throughout the school day:
Pineapple Chart: You can use this chart to invite teachers into your classroom to see a practice in action, or to find a classroom to visit. More information about the pineapple chart can be found here.
Teacher Observation Request: You can use this form to request to observe a specific teacher at UMS, another building, or in another district. If you don’t know who you would like to observe, but know of a specific strategy you are looking for, you can indicate that on the form and a model teacher will get matched to your need. If you need coverage for an observation, we can provide that for you as well. The request form is linked above.
We have had teachers participate in both of these processes this year and learn a lot from their peers.
Establishing Classroom Routines and Procedures
As we come up on the end of the first semester, we notice the need to reestablish expectations for students. Coming back from winter break is a great time to start fresh and revisit or change the routines and procedures in your classroom. The following resources address this topic:
This is a blog post written by a middle school math teacher who shares 20 different routines and procedures ranging from how/when to sharpen a pencil to proper use of technology. She also shares how she sets up small group instruction in her classroom. Even though she teaches math, her ideas can be adapted to all areas.