With little under an hour that you have each day with your classes, you want to capitalize on every minute with the students. Think of ways you can "flip" your instruction so that the basic building blocks are introduced at home and then students "apply" those principles in the classroom. Encourage students to be critical thinkers that take the knowledge they have and apply it to new scenarios and new problems to solve.
There are many teaching strategies grounded in research that have shown over time to be the most impactful on student learning. I have focused on four strategies here. These are also the strategies that I am looking for in my class visits. Using the strategies as a starting point, I will provide feedback and coaching to each teacher.
Teach for Success Strategy
What it Looks Like
Communicating the Objective
Students who can identify what they are learning significantly outscore those who cannot.
Teachers post, share, and clarify learning objectives so students know:
Research at all levels of schooling has indicated that students learn and retain more when they have agency in their process and have opportunities to speak, listen, share, interact, reflect, and move.
Teachers actively engage students in the learning vs. being engaged in an activity.
The act of checking for understanding not only corrects misconceptions, it can also improve learning.
--Fisher & Frey
What evidence do I have that this is working or what evidence would convince me I was wrong in using these methods?
Teachers engineer their classroom environment to continually elicit evidence of student understanding/learning on a daily basis.
Facilitate Student Interactions
When students provide feedback to each other, they are forced to internalize the learning intention and success criteria but in the context of someone else’s work which is much less emotionally charged. Activating students as learning resources for one another can, therefore, be seen as a stepping stone to students becoming owners of their own learning.
Students support each other as instructional resources in understanding and performing through a shared understanding of the learning expectations and success criteria.
For those of you that are visual learners, here are a few YouTube videos that show "flipped" learning in action. Yes, this can be done in high school!!
Many more great things are in store for Fairfield High!
Continue to be innovative, creative, and a model of excellence!