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Beth B

Marquette Elem School

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The greatest professional learning I have exper...

The greatest professional learning I have experienced is when I am asked to do the work we ask our students to do- particularly as it relates to the CCSS. The knowledge I have related to the ELA CCSS came from taking part in sample lessons where I was a student, and the facilitator walked us through a close reading lesson as the teacher. This taught me the important components of the standards that we were addressing, how to bring this learning to life for students through a well-selected, complex text and questioning, and the tools and organizers to help track our thinking and learning.

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I can’t imagine doing the work I do without vid...

I can’t imagine doing the work I do without video. In our teacher residency training program, our resident teachers record their mentor's exemplary practice on a daily basis. They upload this to an online, private group through Teaching Channel where they view the videos. After viewing the clip and asking their mentor questions- the resident tries the strategy with students. Either the mentor or the coach (me) records the resident and uploads to that same online group. We ask reflective questions of the resident to accelerate their growth and development, and work to ensure that the next time they try that strategy it is more effective than before. This also allows us to share instructional practices across our district. I share a clip of an exemplary teacher with another coach-- who can share that clip with a struggling teacher. Or I can share a clip of one a teacher who is struggling with a coach and that coach can give me advice on what feedback to give that teacher. All without leaving our building!

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