Saturday, February 28, 2015

Teaching Inquiry (Writing)

This teaching inquiry will see me working collaboratively with another teacher.

The main question for us is: "How can we accelerate the progress of our group of students to where they should be in relation to the National standards?"  Using some initial data and knowledge of our students, we were able to establish a baseline and direction.

Focusing Inquiry questions:
  • What assessment information do we have?
  • What are our students' strengths?
  • What are our students' learning needs?
Our Inquiry: "How can we support students to learn/know alphabet names and sounds, which leads them to build words and ultimately putting words into sentences?"

Teaching Inquiry questions:
  • What instructional strategies will we use to help students achieve?
  • What resources will we need?
  • How will we differentiate to meet student needs?
  • How will we encourage student ownership of their learning?
  • What personal learning do we need to undertake? (Research/Readings/Support from others/Professional Development/Observations/videos)
  • Encourage student recording: Whiteboard, Student books, iPad - voice/ video, Student blogs, Shared Writing book
  • Relevant problems
  • Using materials: Flashcards, Class Wiki (ILP), Practice letter names & sounds
  • Providing challenge: Students relate writing to a picture
  • Learning buddy work: Share their writing/ story with a buddy
  • Questioning: provide thinking time

Our Learning Inquiry will look at:
  • What impact has our teaching had on our students?
  • How do we know, what is the evidence? (Assessment/Student feedback - feed forward/Observations)
  • What do we need to do next?
  • What changes could we implement?

Reflection: (To be elaborated on in due course)
See outcome in Teaching Inquiry (Writing) Reflection

"Success doesn't happen overnight. Keep you eyes on the prize and don't look back." 
- Erin Andrews ~

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