My journey with Professional Learning Communities began in the summer of 2010 and it has been an incredible learning experience. What 'hooked' me are the four questions schools must ask when thinking about instruction.
1. What do we want students to learn?
2. How will we know when they have learned it?
3. What will we do when students don't learn it?
4. What will we do when students already know it?
When schools focus on these questions, student learning becomes the primary focus. All conversations based on student learning revolve around these four questions. Simply shifting our focus from teaching to learning is a powerful tool. Teachers have also shifted their thinking from 'my students' to 'our students.'
Our 'traditional' schedule has been reworked to include a daily, school-wide block of 30 minutes for targeted remediation/enrichment time. All available staff members and volunteers work with small groups of students during this time. We use the Response to Intervention model for the remediation/enrichment instruction. Student learning is our focus and the results, so far, are impressive.
Our teachers are changing the lives of our students every day! Check out the PLC website.