By Vickie Hedrick
This most recent access within the non-stop development within the lecture room sequence describes the firsthand event of studying the right way to construct a procedure, placed strategies into position, and use instruments to ensure these tactics are potent and effective. it is going to paintings with any application and with any means that you simply already train. instead of developing new paintings, it indicates the way to continually increase what you're already doing. it's approximately judging if there are issues that you just do this have to be deserted. it really is concerning the pondering you do prior to you start the paintings. it really is approximately education the staff so they understand how the method works and think convinced approximately having the ability to achieve your method. it truly is approximately how the L to J helped to alter a whole college. when you have ever puzzled what it truly is that instructor down the corridor is doing that is helping her or him determine easy methods to get such nice effects, it isn't the courses they placed into position yet how they work out what's top for his or her lecture room and their scholars. writer Vickie Hedrick (Instructional Facilitator) describes the issues she and her academics labored on and the strategies they placed into position to construct a method the place every person has the chance for greatness
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The Dead Horse Story When you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, we often try other strategies with a dead horse, including: • Buying a stronger whip • Changing riders • Saying things like “this is the way we have always ridden this horse” • Appointing a committee to study the horse • Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses • Increasing the standards for riding dead horses • Appointing a tiger team to revive the dead horse • Creating a training session to increase our riding ability 30 Chapter Two • Changing a bylaw to specify that horses shall not die • Blaming the horse’s parents • Harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed • Declaring that no horse is too dead to ride • Providing increased funding to improve the dead horse’s performance • Revisiting the performance requirements for dead horses If none of these work with the dead horse, the last thing we do is promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.
Walls were falling, and the culture was changing. There was still one problem, however. We still found that the first “gut reaction” to the data was to make an excuse. “Well, you know it’s just. . ” Excuses are just that and nothing more. There is no really “good” excuse. And they take away valuable time that you could be using to make the situation better. The only person who feels any better after the excuse is made is the one giving it. This year, the principal and I came up with this slogan together.
I help you see where you are and where you have to go, and then you and I decide how to get there. Testing becomes the tool the teacher uses to see if his teaching was successful, and for how many. Testing is the avenue that is guiding the classroom instruction. The danger to “teachers” when changing this understanding is that we may find that some of those lessons that we thought were great because of our presentation may be total flops because of student learning. ” It is what works for the kids.
Continuous Improvement in the Language Arts Classroom by Vickie Hedrick