Beginning with the end in mind

01 Oct 2014 7:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Reflecting on our learning...
  1. How did this learning experience connect to your school’s mission and vision statements?
  2. How did this learning experience connect to your own personal growth plans Why was this learning experience important to you as an educator?  How will it change who you are as a teacher?
  3. How has this learning experience impacted the work you do with the colleagues you collaborate with or the students in your classroom?
  4. How do you intend to build on this learning experience?  Will there be additional studies involved?  Are you planning new lessons as a result of what you have learned?  Can you share what you’ve learned with other teachers on our faculty?

We will give a certificate of participation at the end of the book study based on your self assessment of your level of participation and completion of a final feedback survey.

Certificates of Participation... (up to 27 contact hours)

I did all of the reading and read other peoples posts each week. (6 hours)

I did all of the above AND I posted an original response to the prompt in the discussion each week. (9 hours)

I did all of the above and

(up to 12 additional hours to reward those who do the application challenges)

  • observed or recorded, and reflected on, a lesson in week 1 (3 hours)
  • analyzed samples of student work in week 2 (3 hours)
  • observed or recorded, and reflected on, a lesson in week 3 (3 hours)
  • worked with a partner to outline action steps to reshape your curriculum (3 hours)


  • 12 May 2015 10:19 PM | Deleted user
    As I have worked through this book study I have understood many things. It is important to continue to reflect on our work as teachers. I have taught for many years now, but I don't believe that I know all there is to know about teaching. In teaching math, I find every year at least one thing that I have misrepresented somewhere along the line, and am grateful for another chance to fix my mistakes. I also learn something from every class and every student that propels me forward to try new approaches and explanations to improve instruction. Students have often made explanations that clarify questions that have been difficult to answer. We have to be open to such opportunities and ACT on them.
    It is important to take the students' perspective. Connect learning to something concrete and meaningful to the student. Have students verbalize their actions and decision-making while problem solving. Provide opportunities to create problems for each other....this is truly engaging and worthwhile.....but the timing has to be right!
    It is important to know the program.....don't just think you know it. Teach it with intention and purpose. Understand the learning objectives and teach to them. Use homework to spot problems with understanding or application of skills....and address these, sooner rather than later.
    Rote learning and rote teaching are not the goal.
    Being reminded of issues such as equity and access is very important to me. I work in areas of great poverty.......economic and aspirational. It takes more and more effort to bring students out of such poverty.....the routines, low expectations, and constraints of experience and place. By educating with intention, effectiveness and efficiency....many obstacles can be overcome. The time at school is precious. I want to know that I am making the most of each class and my time with each student. A study like this keeps me engaged and drives my work to be more intentional, more professional, and focused. I appreciate opportunities like these, even though it has been less intensive, it has been an underlying current through my work this year. My thinking about mathematics teaching was influenced and changed because I was involved in this learning and reflective process.
    Though I was unable to maintain the schedule and post on time, I was spending time reading and reflecting. During our end of year teacher workshop days, I hope to make some proposals for Admin to consider as we plan for the coming school year based on the book study. I will also be sharing the main principles and belief statements highlighted in the book that address teaching practices and assessment, with colleagues in order to get input about ways to create an in-class structure to better address struggling students and those students who need an opportunity for challenge.
    Thank you for this opportunity and know that it has had an impact on this educator.
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