Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, I had the opportunity to continue my work at a FABULOUS school in New Mexico. In working with the instructional coach and principal, we decided to do a bit of a “flip” learning experience – observe then learn the concept rather than learn the concept then observe.
First a bit of background. This is an elementary school that I have been working with for several years. This year our focus has been refining classroom management (focus) and fully implementing active student engagement – student to teacher and student to student (tasking) in order to move to implementing depth of knowledge.
Tuesday, I observed every teacher for student engagement (follow up) and for depth of knowledge. The focused rate (students sitting where they are supposed to be and not bothering anyone), for the teachers at this school is AMAZING! The overall average was 92%!
Wednesday, I met with teachers in grade levels. They each received their individual data. I then trained them on Depth of Knowledge with them utilizing their own data. They analyzed what had gone well especially with active student engagement (follow-up) and then as they learned about depth of knowledge, they were able to refine their data to incorporate the higher order thinking into their taught lesson.
They learned about depth of knowledge by:
1. Highlighting the verbs they use regularly in yellow and also identifying the depth of knowledge verbs they use synonyms for in pink. They created a plan to use the “correct” verbs so students recognize the task on a core test. Each grade level also suggested five verbs for the preceding grade level to emphasize.
- Teachers read an article on Depth of Knowledge and then taught each other the essential elements for each depth of knowledge (1 – recall, 2 – skill/concept, 3 – strategic thinking and 4 – extended thinking) that are “keepers” for their grade level.
- Teachers then returned to their data and infused higher order thinking into the taught lesson and planned for future lessons.What an enlightening day.