Team Teaching – The Future of Education

Team teaching, what’s that?

Defined

Technically, this is when teachers work together with equal responsibilities concerning classroom management, planning, teaching, and assessing.

Teaching Partner

This semester I’ve had the awesome opportunity to work with a colleague in a team teach situation. This happened just by chance. Our normal class sizes are 45-50 students per class, but somehow our 5th-period class rosters were really low.  She was scheduled 11 students and I was scheduled 20 students. We thought this would be a great time to learn from each other and give our students the best of each of us.

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She is the wonderful educator I have the pleasure of working with this year during 5th period. She brings a totally different viewpoint and strengths to physical education than I have. She truly sees each child as individual, wants to make sure every student succeeds, and brings a perspective to teaching that a lot of our students have.

Collaboration

We knew from the beginning that it would take a lot of communication and give and take on both our parts. We’ve both been teaching for a long time and are not used to sharing students and lessons. True team teaching is hard work, but truly a learning experience for both us and the students.

It’s obvious the more effort you put into planning, deciding who’s teaching what, the better the lesson and learning will be. We have had some lessons that we planned way in advanced and other lessons that were planned an hour before the class.

Reflection

What we called a lot of communication wasn’t enough. We could tell from facial expressions, body language, and amount of talking when one of us wasn’t happy with what was going on.

I know from my side of the team, I have to get out of the way a little more. I don’t know everything and there are areas where Leslie is a lot stronger and I need to let her go so the students can benefit.

I know that there have been times when I’ve been a little too pushy and I need to listen better.

The Future

For second semester we are going to do our best to plan together better. We know with better planning more learning will take place. For both the students and us.

I’ve also been thinking about trying to team teach with our other teaching partner. I think it would be a great experience for us all.

Questions

Have you ever been in a team teaching situation? How did it go? What strategies did you have in place to make sure that there was equal planning, teaching, and assessing?

We really want to hear your thoughts!

 

Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!

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Teaching in a Changing World!

Teacher/Leader have your students done this before?

Why, why, why?

the real lifeConnecting education to the real world is challenging. Students and parents want to know the “why” when it comes to learning. As a parent, I’m the same way. Why do my children need to know what you are teaching to succeed in the world?

Today’s students and parents are more savvy of the workings of school, society, and the world than even just 20 years ago. What we do in our classrooms needs to prepare students for a new way of life. Blue collar jobs seem to be on the decrease and more opportunities are coming in the form of technology.

My Reality

Over the last several weeks I have been thinking about this a lot. Is my teaching changing or impacting lives? If so, how do I know? If not, how do I know? I, as a professional, want to make sure I’m giving the students the best I have to give.

So, since I rarely get any testimonials from former students I have to rely on my own reflections and the reflections of current students. This is the best I have to go on right now. I’d love to have more former students come back and let me know what they really needed or tell me that what I was doing was spot on.

I’ve been struggling trying to figure out if what I’m doing is effective. I’m trying to make my classes more relevant to what this generation needs to live long, healthy, fun, risk taking, active lives.

For the Future

I’ve been trying to come up with ideas on how to give my class more meaning to my students. I’vefuture thought of:

  1. Walk and talks discussing what exactly physical education is. So many students still think physical education is physical activity class.
  2. Think, Pair, Share about what the students want to be able to know and do by the end of the school year.
  3. Incorporating a #physed 101 series of lessons needed as a foundation to developing personal fitness plans and making fitness plans for friends, families, and community members.
  4. Making real world connections to the lessons. For instance, when teaching offensive and defensive strategies and relating those strategies for living life.

What do you think?

How do you know what if you are doing is effective? What plan do you have in place to make sure you are meeting the needs of your student’s future self?

I challenge you to reflect, but don’t just think about what went well and what didn’t. Have your students reflect about your class and what they would do to improve it.

Write down your ideas and have the students ideas written as well so you don’t forget what you wanted to change or keep the same. You might just need to change the way you are teaching a certain topic just to make it more relevant to your students.

Changing Times

spiral clockWith the world chaining the way it is we as educators need to be looking for new ways to deliver content and motivate students. Do whatever it takes to make your students succeed!

Remember: Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!

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The Conference and Workshop Blues – How to Keep the Hype!

Here are some easy steps to keep the hype.

WORKSHOPS-CONFERENCES

Every year most states, if not all, states have a weekend long physical education conference. In these conferences you get to see keynote speakers and awesome workshop leaders. By the end of the weekend everyone is pumped up, ready to go back to their schools, and teach like they’ve never taught before.

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You’ve learned all these new great skills and you want to implement them into your classes right away. This is great!

It is awesome to see teachers going to conferences learning and trying new activities in their classes, but what happens when the conference is over? You’re 3, 4, 5, 6 weeks past the conference and things start going back to normal. What can you do to keep the hype? What can you do to not get the workshop blues?

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PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK

This is a great question for all of us! I even have the workshop blues this year. That’s mainly because I didn’t get to go to my state’s annual conference. So what do you do? This is where your personal learning network (PLN) comes into play.

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Hopefully you have a person or two in your PLN that are in the same state as you. They may be even went to the conference that you went to. You got to meet your PL in member in person for the first time. If you are able to connect and share and collaborate with your PLN post conference, that hype that you came away from the conference with will hopefully not disappear.

Even if the members of your PLN are not in your state or did not go to the same conference as you, you can still debrief with them about it. Tell them the highlights. Tell them the things that you heard that you didn’t quite agree with. Anything that can help you grow is shareable.

I know throughout the years I have learned things from teachers that I thought were excellent teachers and I’ve learned things from teachers who do things a little different than I do. You have to think back to that conference, take that one big idea that you really learned, and implement it.

Like I’ve said in a previous post, don’t try to do too much all at once, you’ll get overwhelmed. Then like a lot of people, you may even give up. And that’s what we don’t want to have happen. You have to be proactive in finding that next mountaintop experience.

COMMUNICATION

From conference to conference and in between conferences you are on Twitter, Voxer, reading blogs, and listening to podcasts.

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You are connecting with your PLN whether it’s through telephone calls, emails, Google hangouts, conference calls, whatever it might be to keep that fire going. After conferences and in between workshops, that is where your PLN is crucial.

These are the people who keep you motivated. Who keep you accountable. Who encourage you! This is why it’s so important to build your PLN.

I hope everyone at CAHPERD had a great time this last weekend. And I can’t wait for San Diego next year!

BUILDING YOUR PLN

If you want to learn how to build your PLN check out these blog posts; Taking thing into your own hand!, Are you serious?! Why should I do that?, My phone can do that?, Blog, blog, blog!, and Have you ever heard anything like this before?.

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Have you ever seen this before?

So, my students are supposed to be active, I’m going around the room putting out fires and I see this…

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A student standing in the corner not doing anything.

Ok, maybe not like this.

But, students standing around in class happens almost daily in in my classes for a variety of reasons.

I think to myself, “What’s going on”? My students know that I want them to be as active as possible during the class. I also try to plan activities that are engaging and fun. So, what do I do? Do I let them stay in the corner and not engage them? Do I wait to see if they get on task? Do I approach them and see what’s going on?

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It all depends on who the student is and what their disposition is.

Most of the time I do approach the student. I want to know why they are not taking part in class activities. I want to know if they are having a bad day, not interested in the activity, if they’re tired, or what?

This is key!

If students are not participating they are not getting better at the skill being practiced, gaining knowledge, and we, teachers, are not able to assess and give feedback for improvement.

Unfortunately, I’ve seen teachers not really care about those students. They think to themselves and tell their colleagues, “well at least they are not causing any problems”. This type of attitude is NOT acceptable. If a student is not participating in our class we as adults need to get to the bottom of the problem.

Just because they are “old enough” to be responsible for their behavior doesn’t mean they really are. Age doesn’t determine responsibility or situations students are going through.

We as teachers need to be proactive with these students and try our best to get this situation solved. ALL students need encouragement to do their best and to find activities that they will enjoy doing for a lifetime.

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Standing around, not participating shouldn’t be an option. Our lessons should be so well thought out and jammed packed with activity that students are running to our class. We should be getting comments from parents and other teachers about how students love coming to our class.

Learning should be and can be extremely fun.

What do you do the the “stand around students” in your class?

Make sure to comment below. Discussion is where learning really takes place! I can’t wait to hear from you.

Make sure to share this with your colleagues so we can see where all of us stand on this topic.

Remember: Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!

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What am I going to do in 2016?

You’ll never believe what I’m going to do in 2016.

Winter break has been a great time off. Time to spend with family and friends and time to reflect on the past and gear up for the future.

I have some goals that I would like to achieve this year and some that are more long-term. I believe it’s important that we do this so we can be good examples for our students.

Something I’m going to do that’s a little different for me is to use the SMART Goal formula for myself just like I teach my students.

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Why am I doing this? Again to model for my students. If I want them to do what I teach I have to do what I teach as well. There should be no, “Do as I say, not as I do”. Your students watch you and you should live a life that lines up with what you teach.

I’ll get off the little soapbox.

So, let’s look at a couple of the goals that I have for the coming year.

1. Create screencasts so I can use the flipped classroom model.

I just feel that I’m not able to get all the information to my students that they need to get. I also want my students to become more tech savvy. They need to understand that technology is not only limited to texting, social media, and games.

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2. I want to try to use Google Forms more effectively, not only as a formative assessment tool.

I feel like I’m stuck in a rut when it comes to using Google Forms and they are so much more versatile.

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3. I’m going to use a student survey at the end of the semester for feedback on how to make the class better.

I’ve done a lot of self-reflection, but I’ve never asked the students or parents for feedback.

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4. I’m going to create, promote, and host a webinar.

There are a couple of topics talked about in social media that seem to get to a certain point then stop. I want to push the profession a little deeper.

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Of course I have some personal goals as well, but let’s keep this on the professional side.

I think it’s important for everyone to set goals. I heard a saying once that went like this, “If your not moving forward, your moving backward”. We all need to move forward, if not for ourselves for our students. They deserve the best we can give them.

To put it bluntly, if your not trying to get better maybe you should do something you really want to do.

Let’s get a conversation going about this topic. Tell me what some of your goals are. Give people permission to keep you accountable to reaching those goals. Leave your comments below.

If you know someone who needs to hear about goal setting make sure to share this blog post with them.

Always Remember…Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!

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The First Week!

This was a great beginning to the start of the 2015-16 school year. A great first week. At my high school we are on a block schedule so we were able to see all of our students three times this week. I know we are still in the honeymoon phase, but my classes were really great! Let me give a recap.

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Day 1:

The students came into the gym, found their name on the class roster so they could see what there number was. Once they found their number they went to a table to pick up a reflection/expectation sheet, go to their number have a seat, and work on the paper until all the students had arrived. After all the students were seated I introduced myself and went over expectations for my class.

Today and day 2 were very short. The students went to all 8 classes each day. Each class was only about 30 minutes.

 

REFLECTION

After reflecting on this I would like to get the students moving on the first day, but this will be very difficult to do. They will not be dressed for it or expecting it. One thing that I am working on is learning how to get the students to be as active as possible. I’m wondering how to get the information to them that I want them to get in an active way. The topic doesn’t really lend itself to movement.

Day 2:

Today the I lead the students through an activity to discover the difference between physical education and physical activities. We did some think/pair/share and displayed their answers on a T-Grid. These were some really great discussions. I hope they remember it throughout the year!

REFLECTION

Like I said in day one we need to be more active. I think the partner discussion can happen in as they walk around a predetermined area. Or maybe I can give them post-its and have questions/comments up and let them answer the questions on the post-its then stick the notes to the question/comment. Then they can gallery walk to look at others answers then come back for discussion.

Day 3:

Day 3 was a good, but hard since we were doing something that neither the students or I had done before. Activating school email address and joining Google Classroom.

Today was unveiling of what I discovered last year. Our school district is a Google Apps for Education school (GAFE). No one told me! I’ve been working in my school district for 11 years! I should have known. Oh, well. I know now and it’s time to get things going.

Over the summer I set up my classes in Google Classroom and figured out how to get my students their emails and how to activate them. A very easy process, but time consuming. So, most of my students were able to activate their emails then came part two. I showed them how to join my Google Classroom. The hardest part about this was reminding them to sign out of their regular gmail accounts and singing in with their new school emails.

I was not able to totally complete the process in one day, but pretty close. I will have to finish them up next week. I quickly figured out what the next challenge was going to be. Having them check there new email.

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A colleague and I were thinking it would be nice if we could hand out step-by-step directions to incoming freshman, at orientation, about how to activate their email so they could do it before school started. That way we only have to register them for our Google Classroom.

This week was a great start to the new school year. Like I told my colleagues, “If the rest of the school year is like this week it will be a great year”!

How did your first week go? I hope it went well! Make sure to comment and share that is where the real learning takes place!

Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!

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How to delay ageing!

As I get older and start getting little aches and pains from the activities that I love to do, I sometimes wonder if I’m the only one going through this. I know, though, it is probably happening to others and will probably, eventually, happen to my students. How do I help them from getting injured more as they age? How to delay ageing for the young is a tough concept to get across? How do I teach 13 to 18 year olds that they must do the little things to keep injury free?

I remember as I was training for my Ironman triathlon that I was active 7 days a week. There were easy days and hard days. But there was daily exercise. I put in  about 25 hours per week in training. I obviously trained in the swim, bike, and run. That was not it though. I was doing weight training, yoga, plyometrics, and core specific exercises. During this period I was pretty much injury free. If something did come up it was easy to take care of. It’s like if you treat your body right your body treats you right.

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In my classes I talk about three main parts of a workout:
1. Warm-up
2. Main activity
3. Cool down

I give several examples of each and we practice them in class on a daily basis.

We also learn about the health-related and skill-related components of fitness along with the principles of training and the F.I.T.T. principle. This is so much more information than what I came out of high school with. I didn’t learn these things until college and couple of them just in the last 5 years.

I guess I need to make it relevant. That is the challenge! Taking a theory and putting it into practice with understanding is hard to do. This year I plan on giving my students a lot more flexibility on how they show what they have learned. This could be a big key. Some students may want to do an essay, others a video, still others a rap song. I need to let the students show me that they understand the concepts and not necessarily care how they do it.

It is well known that the CDC recommends that people their age get moderate to vigorous activity an hour every day. As you get older the recommendation goes down. I wonder if it really should. I say this because I know if I don’t do the little things (i.e. planks, push-up, stretching)  daily my body hurts.

These young students who are nearly indestructible and who heal quickly do not understand what we active adults go through. One idea that pops into my head is bringing in adults who exercise and let them tell about how their body works differently now than when they were younger.

Do you exercise? Does your body hurt a little more than it used to? Share your story. How do you teach this to your students? When you share and comment that is when the real learning takes place.

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Professional Development for Professionals

There was a question on Twitter this week that really made me think. Here it is.

And here was my response.

I know if I was in that situation others are too. We, as professionals, need to remember, the famous saying “if you’re not going forward, you’re going backward” – unkown autor.

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I say this to encourage you to take control of your professional development. Don’t wait for someone to say, “Oh, here’s a workshop, why don’t you go to it”? Be on the look out to make yourself better. As I sit here and say all this I think to myself you are on the right path. Let it be a reminder to you. Your job now as a life long learner is to share this with others so hopefully they will be smacked in the face that they need to help themselves.

 

 

 

Here’s is what I have done over the last year and a half:
1. Started collaborating on Twitter and Voxer.
2. Started listening to several podcasts
A. Voxcast
B. The PHYSEDagogy podcast
C. The #PhysEd Podcast
D. PEPRN Pod Cast
E. The PEGEEK Podcast
3. Downloaded the Feedly app so I would be notified when physical education blogs were updated to be read.
4. Participated and presented in professional development conferences and workshops.
5. Started the blog you are reading now and providing free resources for other physical educators.
6. I’ve also gotten involved with my state professional organization.

To me this list looks a little intimidating. You have to realize that you don’t have to try to do it all at once. Start with one thing and when it becomes a habit add on something else. If you try to do it all at once I’m sure you will become overwhelmed and give it all up. Start slow.

You also need to know that I do a lot of multi-tasking. For instance driving and listening to podcasts or reading blog posts waiting in lines.

My challenge for you is to choose one thing and really put into your quiver of professional development. Once you do this you will want more. Learning is like a bag of potato chips you can’t have just one. Once you start reading blogs you will want to listen to podcast and so on and so forth.

If you’ve been encouraged by this please comment and share. That is where the real learning starts!

Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!

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3 Benefits of equity in Education

educational-equityOver the last two weeks we’ve taken a look at equity in experience. This week we will look at the 3 benefits of equity in education.

We all know that we cannot make sure that all students experience all of the same things when they are not with us in our classes. They come from different families which have different values and ideas on how to raise children. There are also the issues of economic status, rural versus urban living, and family stability. Just to name a few.

We can however, make sure that while students are under our care, they are getting treated fairly. Even though the students are getting treated fairly, in school, we need to remember that some will excel in certain areas just because of what their family was able to provide for them.

So what are the benefits to having equity in education?

1. All children will be treated fairly.

This doesn’t mean that they will be treated the same or equally. They will be treated in a way that will help them succeed and reach the goals of the lesson, unit, and class. We know not all students learn the same way so we have to be willing to meet students where they are. Some learn better by doing, others by seeing, still others by listening. Some students need a combination. We need to do whatever it takes to help the students succeed.

2. Teachers will become better.

If we as teachers are to be all to all, we will have to get better at what we do. We will not be able to rely on the school to “give” professional development. We need to be responsible for our own professional growth. There lots of things that we can do in this era of education. We can get an advanced degree, read blogs, watch vlogs, go to workshops, collaborate with liked minded people in person or through social media. We as teachers need to show the value of learning to our students by learning ourselves.

3. Society will comeback to its roots.

I don’t believe society will promote the “one” over the “whole” if education is more equitable. Today’s society tells us to watch out for number one. We can see that in the attitudes of our youth. They seem to have the “I’m entitled” mentality. They think they should have whatever they want whenever they want it. We seem to have become a microwave society. We want what we want right now and we don’t want to do a lot of work to get it.

With a more equitable education we will start to see the inappropriateness of differences and with that knowledge be able to make change.

What do you think? Do you agree? Let’s talk. Make sure to comment and share. That’s where the real learning takes place.

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The balancing game! Work vs. Play

Summertime, what a wonderful time of year! So many things to do or not to do. We as professionals have some major decisions to make. If we do what most non-teachers think we do, nothing will get done, but we can’t be about work all of the time either. Balance is key!

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I’ve been on summer break for about a month and I’ve probably had five different people ask me what I do for a living. When I told them I’m a teacher they all said, “Oh, it would be so nice to have summers off”! This year instead of agreeing with them I have actually explained how much teachers work during the summer. They are amazed. Most people think we just have free time. I guess to a certain extent they are correct, but we do do a lot of work as a part of our free time. Or at least we should!

Teachers, especially those who want to be better do lots over the summer to get better. We do things like listen to podcast and read blogs or books. We also stay connected to our personal learning network (PLN) through all types of social media, mainly Twitter and more recently Voxer. Not only do we do things to improve ourselves as teachers and people we also create assessments, activities, and lesson plans. Some of us also try to inspire others to be better by writing blogs, creating podcasts, and making instructional videos.

I know for me personally I like to plan out the entire year. First with big ideas, then I look at the standards, next decide which are the most important standards to make sure the students know, plan assessment, and end up creating engaging activities to prepare the students for learning and assessing.

This is all good. These things need to be done. If not we will grow stagnant and students will suffer. I’ve heard it said, “if you’re not moving forward you’re moving backward. Let’s not only move forward, but help push our colleagues ahead. For me to get pushed forward I have decided to join a Voxer chat called #hacklearning. In this group there are teachers, coordinators, and administrators discussing the “what ifs” of education. It’s been a good experience for me to see education from peoples view outside of physical education.

Let’s transition from work to play!

There is that time during the summer where play does need to happen. We need time to practice what we preach in our classes. This summer alone I have gone on walks, swimming, running, golf, and hiking. This weekend is our annual camping trip. So we will also be doing a little kayaking and tubing.

I do these things to set an example for my students and for my real children as well. We all know that our actions are more effective then our words. Let’s get out and be active! Let’s not only tell our students what they should be doing, but show them as well.

As many of you know physical activity gets the brain revved up and ready to learn. So, I think it is important to exercise to create great life changing lessons.

Balancing work and play is essential! We work to make ourselves better so we can impact our students. We play to make ourselves better so we can impact our students.

If you like what you’ve read here make sure to comment and share. I love to hear from others points of view. Dialog is where real learning takes place!

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Top reflection techniques for you and your students!

We are finally in our last post of the series “Can’t Keep Up? 5 Ways To Be Effective In The Classroom”. Today we will be looking at some great ways to reflect on your practice and ways to have your students reflect.

Over the past four weeks we discovered…

WEEK 1 – We looked at student engagement. Remember this is not just keeping students busy, it’s keeping them active in the learning process by any means possible.
WEEK 2 – We dove into the topic of student behavior. Techniques you can use to keep students acting like you need them to in order for learning to occur.
WEEK 3 – We discovered how to give meaningful Feedback so students will know how they are doing each and every day.
WEEK 4 – We brought to light the best method for reporting learning so students and parents will really know what they have learned and teachers will have a leg to stand on when defending their grades to students, parents, and administrators.

So, let’s get to today’s topic.

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Reflection is essential for both students and teachers. It’s how we learn and grow on a personal and professional level. There are so many ways to do this for yourself and for your students. I posed this question on Twitter…

I received many great responses and want to share a few with you. For students these ideas for reflection were given.

I also had a couple of responses for teachers to consider.

What a great list of ideas for reflection for students and teachers! I thank all who responded to my question on Twitter.

One thing that wasn’t mention that can be mentioned is, Solo Taxonomy. Not only can it be considered a form of formative assessment, but as reflection as well. Students must think about what they have learned that lesson, if they can see improvement in themselves they can move up a level. If they don’t then they can stay at the same level or move themselves down. The part where they think about whether they have learned is not is reflective.

I challenge you to begin reflecting if you don’t already. If you like what you’ve read make sure to comment and share!

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Giving Meaningful Feedback Daily!

Giving meaningful feedback is on our agenda for today, but let’s recap the last two weeks of our 5 week series real quick.

WEEK 1 – We looked at student engagement. Remember this is not just keeping students busy, it’s keeping them active in the learning process by any means possible.
WEEK 2 – We dove into the topic of student behavior. Techniques you can use to keep students acting like you need them to in order for learning to occur.

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This week something a little more hard to do, but probably one of the most impactful things you can do for a student. Give feedback! Not just once in a while, but DAILY!

Let’s dig into what feedback really is. ACSD’s Educational Leadership describes feedback like this, “feedback is information about how we are doing in our efforts to reach a goal”. This is good, but for me not good enough. I think they should add the word “detailed” before the word information. We as teachers should not just be saying, “you need to stretch to pass the flexibility fitness test”. That’s worthless. We need to show and tell our students exactly what they need to do in order to pass that flexibility test. We need to lead them to the discovery of tools they can use to reach the goals they have set for themselves.

So, a lot of us will say “good job” or “nice try” maybe even “you’ll get it”. These are all great, but these are not feedback. These are encouragements. Sometimes with our younger students we might do a happy face check box.happy face feedback

What do they really learn from this? Not to much. ALL feedback needs to be detailed to make impact. Let’s take a look at an example of detailed feedback.

A student is shooting a free throw in basketball. You or another student is observing. There may be a checklist involved, but you don’t just make a few check marks and hand the student that is shooting the paper. You also show them and tell them how to make corrections in their form errors. You may do this yourself. You may have them watch a video of a proficient free throw shooter and have them journal what they see. You may put a video of them next to a video of a proficient free throw shooter and have them compare and contrast the two shots.

That’s what meaningful feedback should look like. You would then give the student ample time to practice what they learned from the feedback then assess again with more feedback. Possibly in the same form or something a little different.

Now let’s take a look at that last word in the title of the post, daily.

Students need to know what they are going to learn that day, given an opportunity to learn, then told what they have learned. This is a good model for the entire class and can be incorporated every lesson. Realize though that each student learns at a different pace and will need specific, individual feedback to maximize learning. This should happen every day.

Now don’t start with, “my class is to big for that” or “there is no time”. I never said you had to give all of the feedback. I just said that feedback must be given. Though it can be by you, but doesn’t have to be. Depending on what the activity is there can be:

  • Direct observation by the teacher
  • Self Assessment
  • Peer Assessment
  • Parent Assessment

All of these can be accomplished with various tools.

  • Checklist
  • Journaling
  • Video Analysis
  • Questioning
  • Solo Taxonomy

Learning is why students are in school. To measure learning we use assessments. To create learning we put students in environments for learning to take place. In those places of learning misconceptions can happen and that is where feedback comes in. If feedback is not given daily, bad habits and bad knowledge may stick with the student. We don’t want that to happen. It’s easier for the student to change behavior and knowledge right away than far after they have learned something and believe it to be true.

It would be great to see a comment and a share. Discussion is how we learn and grow! See you next week.

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