April 11, 2017
Analyzing student work has many benefits, from better understanding children's current mathematical thinking to considering how to adjust instruction.
At Chase Elementary in Chicago, teachers from PreK to 5th grade meet regularly in grade level teams with the goal of sharing their practice.
These two first-grade teachers plan a visual number talk together using ten frames. After both try it, they reflect on the strategies that students used.
In this video, a team of preschool teachers looks at video from a classroom to find and discuss evidence of student thinking.
After choosing a common task, the teachers in this grade level meeting anticipate student responses, then sort and sequence them by level of complexity.
During the first part of this grade level meeting, teachers work together to select a problem to give to their students. Looking at several different options, they discuss the strengths of each problem, as well as what their students might gain from working on each.
In this conversation, a teacher reflects on the successes and difficulties of a recent lesson. With a coach, she discusses the successes of the lesson, as well as details to improve on next time.
In this planning conversation, a teacher and coach discuss some of their ideas and concerns about a forthcoming lesson. With a coach, she discusses some of her ideas and concerns about the forthcoming lesson.
This comprehensive report points toward concrete practices that high performing schools take in order to nurture teacher collaboration. This environment allows teachers to learn from themselves and can lead to long-term benefits.