Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The First 50 Days

Today marked just the 50th school day for students in our school, thanks to a liberal school holiday schedule in our district, as well as the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. At this point in the school year, I think it's a good time to reflect on some of the changes we've implemented at our school to improve learning for all of our students and staff. We are off to a good start and look forward to keeping the momentum going to continue to improve everyday.

We had a productive faculty meeting yesterday, even though it was an informational meeting. We discussed some of the procedures we've modified to establish a more safe, orderly, and secure school for our students, staff, and visitors. I was happy to hear that the majority of staff members feel these changes have placed a greater emphasis on academics at the school. We also discussed the need to lean on each other more to help each other help our students learn. I'm certain that our collective knowledge, skills, and experiences will help all of our students improve their learning on a daily basis. Additionally, we discussed how it's important to stay focused on creating a learning organization not only for our students, but also for each other. As we continue to help each other develop as practitioners, we will become more effective at teaching and learning. We also spent some time discussing the need for us to rethink homework for meaningfulness and influence on learning.

You may be asking yourself, "why a blog post about a faculty meeting?" Well, although my recollection of our meeting may suggest the absence of more worthwhile topics for discussion or real learning opportunities for our faculty, it's important to point out my continued focus on evidence based education practice. I continue to turn to the evidence to make our school a better place for learning. So, we'll continue to work to create an environment that allows us to emphasize academics, we'll work with each other to improve our self and collective efficacy beliefs, we'll continue to be the lead learners to provide the best experiences for our students, and we'll practice those data-based instructional strategies that influence student learning.

As evidence based practitioners, we will improve learning for all of our students, and for each other. Please share your thoughts.