Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Planning with the New Educators

Planning with the New Educator can be held when there is no intention of following up with an observation. The sole purpose, in this instance, can be simply to plan a lesson, unit, or map out a semester or course. When planning with a New Educator before an observation it is important to ask the following questions.

  • What are the students suppose to know and be able to do?
  • How are the objectives related to the State Standards.
  • How will student progress be measured?
  • What will the New Educator do?
  • What will the students do?
  • How will the assessments be used to adjust the lesson or re-teach the lesson?

Contributed by: Dr. Doug Miller

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Enrichment from a New Educator

The most rewarding aspect of my New Educator Support System experience has been the enrichment I received from my New Educator, Mr. Jayamon Jacob. He has an amazing way of showing the students graphically how algebraic formulas can be practiced. As a math-a-phobic, I am especially impressed by the logical mini-steps he uses to teach a process. Every time I observe him in action, I learn a new math concept!
Charisse, Whiddon-Rogers Education Center

I Can Make a Difference

There were many rewarding experiences throughout this year. However, my most rewarding would be seeing the new educators’ progress. Starting from scratch and watching them attain the skills, strategies, and management necessary for survival as an educator. Being there for them to answer any questions, model for them and guide them has been unbelievable. In addition, knowing that I can make a difference in their first year is an amazing feeling.
Vanessa, Lake Forest Elementary

Collegiality and Sharing

My most rewarding experience as a NESS Liaison has been the ability to provide a monthly special time of collegiality and sharing of knowledge with our NESS ICs and NEs. I believe that making these "learning communities" a priority has provided support and inspiration to, our NEs, our ICs and me as well.
Lorilee, Stirling Elementary

Relief on a Teachers Face

My most rewarding experience this year as school liaison is the look of relief on a teacher's face who may or may not be a first year teacher, but new to the school, when they see that someone is there to help them, to answer any questions, and to guide them where guidance may be needed. It is a lot of work, but it is also rewarding to see these individuals stop relying on me so much and be successful on their own, finding supportive people around them. That makes me feel like I've done my job in guiding them to the right places, but not doing the work for them!
Jodi, Bair Middle

Aligning Learning Communities with Real Work

With new guidelines for learning communities, one way to meet criteria is to have a "follow-up" time at each monthly meeting to chat about how suggestions from the prior meeting were implemented in the NE's classroom. Also, coaches can keep an informal log and follow up as well with how new ideas are being implemented in the NE's room. This also helps with aligning learning communities with the teacher real work in the classroom and it helps with accountability, encouraging regular on-going contact between coaches and new educators.
Source: Laura, Blanche Foreman Elementary

Mastery Learning

The idea of mastery learning amounts to a radical shift in responsibility for teachers; the blame for a student's failure rests with the instruction, not a lack of ability on the part of the student. In a mastery-learning environment, the challenge becomes providing enough time and employing the correct instructional strategies so that all students can meet or exceed standards. (Levine, 1985; Bloom, 1981)

Support Binder

To help the new educator in day-to-day activities, we have created an 8 x 5 spiral notebook for each new teacher that contains:
1) HELP-- who to call for assistance from discipline in the classroom to the location of erase markers
2) WHERE IS IT- locations of all the restrooms, classrooms, offices, gym, lunch room etc.
3)WHAT FORM- how to fill out the basic forms
6) LIAISON AND INSTRUCTIONAL COACH names, extension numbers, planning time, home phone number etc.
Source: Kate, Seagull School

Support Meetings

Start each Support Meeting with a few minutes for people to share "success stories". It will get the group talking and provide a positive start to the meeting. Try it - it works.
Source: Jim, Park Lakes Elementary

Adding Value, Increase the School Day?

American teachers work more hours with their students than do teachers in any other developed country. That would be 1,139 hours a year in elementary schools and a few hours less in secondary, according to a recent survey. The average number of student contact hours in other advanced nations was 803 in elementary, less in secondary.
Japan, notably, was at the bottom with 617 hours in elementary, 513 in "lower secondary," and 449 in "upper secondary." Japanese teachers spend time outside their classes collaborating to develop and improve their lessons. This may explain why Japanese students consistently score at or near the top in international competitions.
If the school day is extended school districts, rather than extending student contact time, may benefit more if teachers plan together and demonstrate their lesson to their peers before presenting the lesson to their students.