Over the last two weeks, more teachers have requested learning walks with fellow teachers. We have continually heard how these experiences open doors to new strategies and possibilities within the classroom. Mrs. OZ recently visited some other classrooms to see how they were handling classroom management and student engagement with a particular group. She discovered "content areas seemed to play a role in the students' engagement in the class." Because of this experience, she was able to learn what types of things she can pull into her own room to hook these students. To schedule your own learning walk like Mrs OZ, please email us or fill out the request form on the homepage.
Mrs. Chase is starting her first year as a SCR (Second Chance Reading) teacher in the middle school. Even though she is taking a class to learn more about the program and its delivery, Mrs. Chase has the advantage of working with another teacher who has done the program for several years. "Having a model of the routine is crucial for implementing procedures early on for successful student achievement. The program is very structured and daily routines are vital in its success." Recently she did a Learning Walk to grasp more of what it meant to put the strategies to work for her own class. "Overall, my key learnings involved her (Ms. Schultz) instructional strategies, visual aids, and classroom management techniques that led to a successful lesson. The experience made me more comfortable teaching this aspect of the program now that I have seen it in practice firsthand."
Mrs. Sadler recently used a Connector to cover her teaching part of a co-taught language arts class she has with Mrs. Chase. She wanted to work with AEA staff to discuss a student and learn new strategies to help a child in the special education setting. Her next steps are "to help create a positive and structured learning environment" for her students.