So you might have heard that our school experienced significant flood damage from Hurricane Matthew. It's true we did, but it could never prevent us from reflecting and celebrating our first quarter accomplishments. To prove it, let me share some of our success.
I mentioned in a previous post we have a school wide instructional focus on PBL and Questioning for Learning. Questioning for Learning was a strategy teachers choose to focus on this year with a goal to improve teacher and student questioning. Inspired by the Questioning for Learning Edition of "Educational Leadership" Magazine teachers were given a choice of two strategies to try. They were given the choice of the Q-Chart (see below) and also the Question Formulation Technique. The expectation involved using one of these strategies in their classroom while being supported through coaching and reflection. In addition to coaching we used Scrum to stay accountable to work.
During the quarter I saw teachers combining the Q-Chart with the Questioning Technique as shown here in both English and Drafting. I saw the QFT being used for an entry event, building background, and as a pre-assessement. Our teachers got creative, shared ideas, and continued to improve their teaching craft. It was impressive to see the work they were doing.
Let’s not forget that in addition to Questioning for Learning the teachers were also working on PBL. As you can see from my project board there were 15 projects going on by the mid point of first quarter. By the end of the quarter there had been 22 projects implemented among 23 teachers during the first quarter.
Despite everything that changed after the flood we have a reason to celebrate. We're working diligently at VMCCA to not just achieve our instructional goals but to create positive learning outcomes for students. It's why it's not just a hashtag, but a statement for who we are and what we're committed to do.
We are #VMstrong
Teacher, leader, curious observer, explorer of the world and everything in it, passionate about new experiences, and making connections with people.