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Discussing Instruction with Your Teachers: A How To. Dr. Richard Machesky Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Instruction Troy Schools. Learning Objectives. The audience will identify an important component regarding instruction in their building.

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discussing instruction with your teachers a how to

Discussing Instruction with Your Teachers: A How To

Dr. Richard Machesky

Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Instruction Troy Schools

learning objectives
Learning Objectives
  • The audience will identify an important component regarding instruction in their building.
  • The audience will be introduced to instructional rounds and be given several items for further consideration.
current reality
Current Reality
  • How is time spent in conversation with your teachers?
problem or opportunity1
Problem or Opportunity?
  • How do we create a system of practice that allows for:
    • Ownership of instruction
    • Open, honest and impactful dialogue between professionals
    • Cost effective – “Job embedded PD”
    • Help manage new legislative requirements
    • Most importantly – Improve instruction for the students we serve
discussing instruction with teachers
Discussing Instruction with Teachers
  • Instructional Rounds
      • Everyone has a responsibility to work on improving their own practice as well as the school/district wide responsibility to the improvement of instruction. Everyone’s practice should be subject to scrutiny, critique and improvement.
current practice among secondary instructional leaders in tsd
Current practice among secondary instructional leaders in TSD
  • On our journey we started with one important question?
    • How do you know what exceptional instruction looks like when you see it?
  • To answer this question we dedicated our professional learning to the process of instructional rounds.
how do you know what exceptional instruction looks like when you see it
How do you know what exceptional instruction looks like when you see it?
  • Professional learning
    • 90 minutes per meeting
      • Book study
      • Article
      • Video examples
    • 90 Minutes per month is dedicated to Instructional Rounds
instructional rounds
Instructional Rounds
  • Teams of 3-4 individuals that visit three to four classrooms for 10-15 minutes at a time and gather information to discuss during a debrief
  • Debrief takes place immediately following the classroom visits. Usually does not include the teachers that were observed
  • Visits and debriefs can take on many variations – but key - conversations remain non-judgmental.
  • What works for you and your situation
instructional rounds1
Instructional Rounds
  • Make it easy!
    • Ask your colleagues the important question: How do you know what exceptional instruction looks like when you see it?
    • Walk the talk
    • Be willing to see the process through!
references
References
  • Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning (2009). City, Elizabeth A., Elmore, Richard F., Fiarman, Sarah E. and Teitel, Lee.
  • Email for PDF articles to be used with colleagues and staff
    • rmachesky2@troy.k12.mi.us