It has been a week since members of the ILT participated in the 2017 Shadow a Student Day. Across the nation, school leadership teams participated in shadowing students to learn more about the student experience at school. Our team consisted of our principalship, our division heads, our librarian, our RtI coordinator, and myself. On the April 3 inservice day, you will have the opportunity to come and learn more about this day, ask questions, and even sign up to participate in shadowing a student in the month of April. In case you are not able to attend this session, however, I wanted to focus on our number 1 take away.
High school students sit. A lot. Perhaps my own experience made this CRYSTAL clear because my student didn’t even have a PE class where we could engage in some physical activity for 30 minutes to break up the day. This was one of the things that we collected data on, and in over half of the classes we experienced that day, kids had the chance to get up and move, which is awesome! Eric Jensen would be proud! But after experiencing this day, I thought a lot about my own class, and MOSTLY my getting up and moving experiences consist of moving desks into groups and then back into rows…moving for 30 seconds to do…you guessed it…more sitting! Continue reading “Shadow a Student Reflection”
I don’t know about you, but February felt like a blur…and I cannot believe that we are already in the month of March. I have done a horrible job keeping you all updated on the happenings of Wheeling 360. But that doesn’t mean that our teams haven’t been working! So much has been going on, so I am going to give you a snapshot of each team.
Continue reading “Long Overdue Wheeling 360 Update”
Now that we are a bit more comfortably into term 3, I thought I would just take a minute to share with you all some of the “take aways” from the Assessment for Learning: Using Data to Drive Instruction Institute day sessions.
Continue reading “Reflections after the January Institute Day”
This week, the LEAD team met, and the agenda was to reflect on how we are doing in terms of our process of aligning curriculum and assessment and exploring Standards Based Grading. We met in divisional groups, and as I was working with EFA, I didn’t have a good sense about what was happening in the room as a whole. So, in order to write this blog post, I asked Chris to share the results from the Exit Slips with me, and my takeaways were profound. I hope that as you read this, you feel encouraged, wherever you are in this journey.
Continue reading “LEAD Team: We are More Alike than Not”
Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that winter break left you refreshed and ready to take on the challenges of 2017! With the busyness that was December, I did not get a chance to blog about our December LEAD and LEARN meetings. So, to catch up… Continue reading “End of December Wheeling 360 Meetings”
Q: I know we have been encouraged to give finals early to allow for time for remediation and retakes. I have also heard that sometimes an Incomplete is issued if remediation is still necessary. When is it appropriate to give an Incomplete?
Continue reading “End of Semester Q&A Part 4”
Q: I like the idea of having an RA or rent-a-tutors come into my classes before final exams, but I don’t know what to do with the kids who do not need remediation. What is the best way to structure my class when I have such great diversity of ability levels and needs?
Continue reading “End of Semester Q&A Part 3”
Q: I have been allowing re-takes for important test/quizzes/papers/projects. But, the kids who need to do retakes are not coming in to do them. I am struggling with balancing remediation efforts and moving forward curricularly. What can I do to make the end of the semester run smoothly?
Continue reading “End of Semester Q & A part 2”