Composing one common voice!

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Composing one common voice!. Professional Development for William Pinderhughes Elem/Middle Frank Little, Assistant Principal October 21, 2009. Baltimore City Public Schools. Outcomes. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<p>Composing one common voice!</p> <p>Professional Development forWilliam Pinderhughes Elem/MiddleFrank Little, Assistant PrincipalOctober 21, 2009Composing one common voice!</p> <p>Baltimore City Public SchoolsOutcomesBy the conclusion of this session participants should be able to compose one common voice in order to improve teaching and learning within the Middle School.By the conclusion of this session participants should be able to identify and demonstrate how the common voice will increase student achievement. The Common Voice is an implied notion that every instructor will use best practices in order to increase teaching and learning.2Why is a Common Voice Important?</p> <p>Scenario #1 In Elementary/Middle School X there are a total of 425 students. Of which there are 125 in the middle school specifically. The middle school area historically has scored low of Benchmark and State Testes. Low expectations have been observed in classrooms by administrators. Students have been seen walking in and out of classes without consequence. The middle school administrator has decided to monitor instruction very closely and this is what they saw:Students often work from worksheets and almost never complete them. Students often have idle conversation and when asked what went on in the classroom today, they haven't an answer. There are teachers in the classrooms that are doing quite well however they are becoming frustrated by the lack of control in their colleague's class. Instruction isn't rigorous. Questioning of students do not require students to develop original responses. They are at the lowest level on Bloom's TaxomyWhat should be done in order for the staff to correct this problem? Clear ExpectationsBased upon feedback from Scenario #1, these are my findings: </p> <p>Fewer worksheets should be givenStart questioning at the Application Level of Bloom TaxonomyMore Collaboration when planningReal Life Applications should accompany instructionLesson Plan ReviewsWhat Does Quality Instruction Look Like?Students are engaged (</p>