I am very thankful for the thoughtful comments to my post on a request for support. Thank you Jordan and Jonathan for your comments about what we are creating in Tahoma. I too am proud to be associated with the outstanding educators we have in this school system and your comments affirm our work and are a source of energy for me.
This week brings another opportunity to work with principals and teacher leaders on our Classroom 10 goal. We have engaged in much reflection and dialogue about our lesson plans, the strategies that we have chosen for support, and the results that we are experiencing. We continue with our large group, full day learning opportunities and at the same time we are implementing building level support structures in an attempt to differentiate and meet specific needs identified by the principals.
The pace of change on this goal has been troubling as we struggle to find and implement structures and strategies to support all teachers in meeting standard on this goal. We have learned through this experience just how complex and comprehensive this goal is. This has been reinforced for me as I dig deeper into the 5D Instructional Model from CEL. Our key content goal aligns with almost all dimensions of the model and for some dimensions aligns with each of the sub dimensions.
The instructional behaviors this goal requires are for many teachers a significant change to their current practice. We must find ways to support all teachers in meeting standard on this goal. For the teachers in my faithful 74 readers, what can we do to provide you with the knowledge, practice, and feedback necessary to make and sustain these research-based instructional practices?