With another school year coming to an end it is an opportunity to reflect on goals set in September. Look at how I monitored them and see what the impact was. On students, the people I work with and on myself.
In September I identified my goals as…
- Asking better questions, and making statements, to support moving thinking forward,
- Digging deeper into assessment and data to make small powerful moves to support student understanding,
- Support the shift from ‘covering’ to ‘engaging’ in curriculum.
Reflecting back on PLCs, the Math Leadership Series and other large professional learning sessions we ran, I can honestly say that these goals remained a focus, and that focus has resulted positively with students.
This year we put a lot of focus on what the data is telling us. We started the year looking at last year’s EQAO data and used that to start setting directions for professional learning. Our learning cycles always consisted of evidence from the student desk to keep our work focused and purposeful through monitoring and small informed changes. Making informed moves and decisions in instructional practice and our math programming. We looked at concepts and big ideas and how we can engage students in the curriculum instead of creating a check list and trying to surface cover everything; with no emphasis on why this learning now. We still have work to do here as we gathered information from our students through SEF visits, but we have identified it and are moving forward with it. Finally people professionally challenged each other, made statements and asked questions of each other and of their students; all with the goal of moving student thinking forward. In small groups, working with ILs and consultants; colleagues worked together to refine practice, all to support students.
As we move into summer I look forward to reflecting further on evidence from working on these goals. I also look forward to continuing the work in these areas and setting some new directions. Professionally for myself, to support my colleagues and to support our students.