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Show Me, Don’t Tell Me

I’m trying to watch the debate and type at the same time, so I make no promises for the reasonableness of my writing. If my foreign policy or my philosophy on offshore drilling creeps in, please ignore it.  I’m not going to talk about politics today. I’m just going to share a little piece of something.

This year, in my new school, we are working on some new models of instruction. Our teachers are using new frameworks, including a Daily Five structure in K-2, Reader’s Workshop in 3- 5 with new Guided Reading expectations, and Guided Math across the board. New stuff is tough, and as we know as blog people, the best way to learn this new stuff is to see it in action.

Don’t tell me what it looks like. Show me! Show me how a teacher with 22 naughties and state standards and a fire drill and bloody noses and all the other crazy stuff that happens during the day does what it is that I’m supposed to do.

In order to do that, we’re using a modeling rotation to help teachers learn from each other. I work with a teacher to plan a lesson or a lesson component. Then that teacher keeps her kids in during PE and the other teachers come in and watch it. Then, we talk! 

If you can’t tell, I’m super excited to try this out with our teachers next week. To help our teachers have a focused discussion in response to the lesson (not to critique it, but to talk about what we saw), we put together this observation protocol. We just want to talk about noticings and then use those noticings in our planning to plan for success. In case you’re using or are interested in using a similar model in your school, visit Google Docs to get the observation documents!

Observation Protocol

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