September in schools always brings a renewed focus on the goals of a school, an evaluation of strategies, and setting a course to get us to June. Our overall goal is always the same: to promote the successful learning of every single child. In January 2016, (see my post dated February 9, 2016) I attended a Simon Breakspear conference inviting us to establish a Lead Learning Team in my school. It is with this team we will be ‘drilling down’ and focusing on very specific learning outcomes as determined by the exact needs of our students.
For example, if you have a small group of students who are struggling with capitalization or punctuation in your class, now is the time to identify the need and do a short ‘sprint’ of time (1 week or 2) with direct focus on this skill. Take data first, activate the ‘sprint’, and take data again to determine the success of your strategies.
This school year has a specific focus on Literacy and in particular ‘writing’! Using the ‘sprint’ method as described by Simon, we are enthusiastically approaching our needed outcomes with a renewed sense of purpose and direction. It is going to help us pay direct attention to ‘the good stuff’ needed by students to become even more successful writers. Way to go Lead Learning Team. Who knows, by June 2018 ALL teachers could be on the Lead Learning Team! Talk about Synergy!!!