It is almost May, although the weather had us still believing it was February until this week! Our Wheeling 360 teams wrapped up for this year, so here is an update for those of you trying to stay in the loop!
LEAD- the Lead team met to discuss the learning objective work that was done in divisions on the 4/2 Institute day. Specifically, team members focused on how learning objectives played a role in a pre and post conference, in terms of evaluation. Really, having a meaningful pre and post conference with your evaluator affects your rating in terms of Domain 1- Planning and Preparation. This domain is not observable in the classroom (only 2 and 3 are!), but during your pre and post conference, as you talk about your learning objectives, how those align to and support your scope and sequence, how those will be assessed, and how you are planning to differentiate in light of your student population, your evaluator is gathering evidence for Domain 1.
If you have questions about learning objectives or feedback after our work on 4/2 or after trying some new formats of learning objectives with your students, please feel free to debrief with your division head, with Chris, or with me (Becky).
ENRICH- The Enrich team met to debrief their work on the 4/2 Institute Day and plan for next year. This team has been exploring what it means to support reading in an non-core classroom. It has been awesome to see their progress. If you wanted were interested in revisiting the materials from those sessions on 4/2, here is a link to our google folder.
EXCEL and EQUITY- With AP tests rapidly approaching, we did not formally meet with our Excel or Equity teams in April. Before the end of the year, building administration has made plans for student focus groups to offer feedback on their experience in AP. We know that this was a growing year for our AP teachers and students alike, and we know that there may be some extra stress in our hallways, PLCs, and division offices over the next couple of weeks. Keep working hard, taking deep breaths, smiling, and encouraging one another.
Lastly, I just wanted to add that I met with our new certified staff for the last time yesterday. We had a fun, hard-working group of newbies at WHS this year. I had a very important realization listening to them. Many of these colleagues had worked in a different district before coming to 214. As they each shared about their experiences and take-aways, they ALL had something in common. Here it is, in Becky-summary-form:
214 is a great place with tons of resources. THANK YOU!
Sometimes, when it is a Tuesday that you think is a Thursday, or as you sit with a pile of papers in front of you that need to be graded, or as you are asking yet another sophomore boy to stop playing Fortnite in class, you can lose sight of that fact. We teach in a school and district that has a ton of resources, that supports teacher growth and development, and that is constantly creating new and innovative learning experiences for our students. I hope, as April turns to May and the race to the end begins, that you have the opportunity to look at WHS through the eyes of a new teacher at some point. I definitely felt re-energized by their comments and learning!
Thanks for reading!