Today’s CRM session was all about responsive teaching.
Responsive to what you ask?
One of the critical components of ensuring that a process like CRM works, is that the process needs to be responsive to the needs of students, as well as to the needs of the teachers supporting them.
Early in October, all of our students in 5-8 (we are using the tool in 2-10 across the division)were required to complete the MIPI…Math Intervention Programming Instrument, created by EPSB, is a screening tool is based on the early level outcomes from the previous year. There are three goals that we are focused on at the school
- Inform Instruction
- Provide timely information to identify student needs for planning and instruction
- Initiate collaboration and conversation amongst teachers at the school and district level
As part of CRM in early November, with the assistance of the school lead and division consultants, teachers had embedded time to graph and analyze the data and begin to see the correlations within their grade and as well, gaps that were on the continuum of 5-8.
One of the expectations during the results analysis as well as next steps was the requirement that all subject area teachers were in the sessions. The necessity that all teachers have an understanding of the difficulties students were having, as well as their ability to place math and then numeracy strategies into their subject areas was magical. For example the grade 7 teachers discussed collaborated on how each of them specifically could add math to science, social and Language Arts. Todays focus was what teachers want and need. “What do I do with the data, and how will I do it?” Collaboratively, of course!
Grade 5 Teacher’s response to the data
- Use stations to refine skills and focus students showing you what they know
- 15 minutes/station (60 minutes – 20 minutes of wiggle room)
|Unit of Study||Teacher table||Technology||Games||Word Problems/Basic Facts|
|Practice skills worked on during the week||Journals
4 square (solve, explain, draw)
See Guided Math
Vocabulary practice (sum, addition, etc.)
Academic Vocabulary Science
When we talk about what collaborative response really is, Hewson states that this shift of moving from sole to collective responsibility and perspective is at the heart of collaboration. We believe that too. We continue to challenge the status quo and change culture…one week at a time.