Year 2 of our journey took our staff from looking at the process of learning to examining how we approached content in our classrooms. Our faculty was once again challenged at the beginning of the school year by our principal, Michael McDonough, to continue their journey as learners and to look at what students were creating with the content in each of our classrooms. That led to our 2017 Learn shirts.
We continued learning walks and instructional conversations. Sharing out the pockets of innovation that we were seeing. We celebrated our teachers as we saw a shift in mindset creeping into our culture. Teachers began to share their learning with each other and a few more teachers also found the magic of a PLN.
In the Spring, we have all of our faculty members complete a professional learning survey to gather feedback and information from teachers. One of my favorite questions we ask is "When comparing May 2018 to May 2017, how does student learning look differently in your classroom?" The responses we got reflected growth in many areas. And looking forward, the survey also showed us that there were questions around how were we supporting the social and emotional needs of our students. What learning did we need to embark on to lift stigmas associated with mental health and learn as educators more about our students?
- to get curious
- to dig into learning that had the potential to answer their questions
- to think about what impact a change might have in their instruction
- to then give it a go
- and then reflect