In 2009 the Mathematics Domain will be making the “pursuit of academic excellence” a special focus for professional learning. Discussing what this means, and what it looks like in the classroom in terms of both student and teacher planning and actions, is critical to improving and celebrating student achievement, as well for increasing each teacher’s pedagogical repertoire.
For us to be truly influential in elevating student achievement as a learning domain, it is critical that individual mathematics teachers agree and understand what the “pursuit of academic excellence” looks like and feels like in the classroom. To accomplish this you are to post your response to the questions:
1. What does “pursuing academic excellence” mean for the teacher in terms of (i) actions in the classroom and (ii) of planning for units and individual lessons?
2. What does “pursuing academic excellence” mean for the student in terms of (i) actions and behaviours in the classroom, and (ii) in terms of actions outside of class time?
This discussion follows on from the professional learning sessions on direct instruction on September 1st and, very importantly, will link to the follow up that will occur on December 1st.
1. By clicking on the “comment” link below, you should post your response to both of the above questions . (Please ensure you provide are detailed responses as, collectively, they will form the basis of your professional learning for next year. You may wish to first prepare your response in MSWord and when you satisfied cut and paste it in the comments section. Note: the first time you post to this blog you will not see it immediately. Your comment will be visible as soon as it is approved by the blog moderator.)
2. Once you have posted your response to the questions you should download the blog post evaluation rubric to first self-evaluate your blog post and then have one of your colleagues use the rubric to give you feedback on your response. (Download the blog evaluation rubric here.)
3. Select at least two of your colleagues comments and post a response to their blog post providing them with constructive feedback.
It is important that you complete this task by the next Maths meeting, on Nov 13th, so we can have a rich discussion based upon your professional responses to these questions.