WJHS Learning Walks are an extension of our Teachers Visiting Teachers (TVT) program and are designed to allow teachers to "steal" ideas and to document evidence of our main instructional goals.
We boil quality instruction down to two key terms:
- Above the Line: Students are thinking at high levels.
- Get Real: Students are solving real problems, creating real products/solutions, for a real audience.
The staff members that participated the walks were:
Cindy Allen, Libby Brown, Blake Cook, Lilian Diaz, Bryan Hale, Ashley Jones, Rebecca Kirby, Alison Picklesimer, Tim Sparacino, and Jennifer Tatum.
The rooms that we visited were taught by:
Cindy Allen, Deb Bain, Amanda Barham, Carrie Beach, Libby Brown, Heather Crumpler, Lilian Diaz, Brittany Durr, Ashley Jones, Alison Picklesimer, Betty Pollreis, Mary Sellers, Scott Terrell, Deana Wallace, and Rebecca Wright.
Every room that we visited allowed us to learn something and document evidence of quality instruction (Above the Line/Get Real).
We saw outstanding examples of incorporating pre-assessment to drive instructional decisions, planning for student movement and engagement, multiple grouping techniques/strategies, creative ways to continue to build relationships with and between students, discussion prompt displays, and utilizing rubrics as a tool for student self-assessment.
Pictured below is today's 2nd period Learning Walk group (Bryan Hale, Cindy Allen, Lilian Diaz, Jennifer Tatum, Alison Picklesimer, Blake Cook, and Tim Sparacino).
We have more Learning Walks scheduled for this week and throughout the year.
Parents that want a peek into our classrooms can get in on the action by attending the PTO meeting at 8 AM on September 21st which will be followed by a Parent Learning Walk.