The second semester is an opportunity for us, as teachers, to hit the reset button and build stronger structures, higher expectations, and clearer evidence of the great work our students do on a daily basis. We have just rounded out our Gearing up for Semester II series, but we have a recap for you below!
Gearing Up for Second Semester Series!
This five-week series developed structures and expectations that help our students grow and help us fine tune our practice as we enter a new semester. Click the weeks below to link to the articles and downloadables.
Week 1: Reassessing Your Class
We began the series with an assessment of current classroom procedures and an evaluation of areas where we can tighten up our structures in order to provide the greatest amount of instructional time. The second semester is a perfect time to hit reset and reassess the classroom community and it is never too late to rebuild and redefine the culture of your classroom.
Week 2: Objectives, Aims, and Outcomes..Oh, My!
During the second week, we workshopped developing solid three-part measurable objectives that focus our students and impress our administrations.
Week 3: Aligning Tasks with Intended Behaviors
Next, we took a look at how we can ensure that the task we are assigning is actually measuring the behavior we are requesting.
Week 4: Beyond the Exit
Then we answered the question “but how do you know your students learned today?” We will break down tangible evidence of learning and aligned it with the objectives in artistic ways including ways to revisit objectives throughout the class experience and take learning beyond the exit slip.
Week 5: Data Data Data
Finally, we love to hate it, the dreaded “D” word!! We hear it constantly and avoid it intentionally, but it’s not a bad word. In the final week, we looked at how to gather and use objectives-based data to drive instruction, it’s not as scary (or annoying) as it may seem; plus the Data Gods will love you!
Thanks for joining us for this five-week series that provided a strong start to the second semester by tightening up your class community, helping your students flourish, and making the Data Gods smile! If you missed your Objective PD pack including 103 ways to check for understanding, you can still get it below!
Piquès & Pirouettès,
Next week we are launching our Defining Engagement through STEAM series. You don’t want to miss it!
Our Gearing Up For Second Semester Series included a Mini PD on Objectives. If you are interested in receiving the resources accompanying our Objectives PD, just let us know where to send your PD Pack below, then check your inbox.
Typhani Harris is a dance educator and mentor teacher who has been on the boards of both the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD) and California Dance Education Association (CDEA). Recently, she has made a cross-country move and is now an instructional coach in Brooklyn, New York. Having begun as a high school English teacher, it has been her mission to bring theory and research into the traditional dance class, and in 2009 she won the Music Center’s Bravo award for excellence in Arts Education. Typhani is currently on a mission to help teachers Stop Teaching and Start Reaching their students, check out the unTeacher Lab at stopteaching.org