Sunday, March 4, 2012

Are we bold or old?

My thanks to Patrick Larkin for his blogpost  Are We Teaching To The Modern Definition of Literacy.  It shared a great video from Will Richardson

In it, Richardson speaks to teachers at Proctor Academy. Have a listen.

What I love about these literacy standards is just how clear they are in terms of differentiating themselves from what literacy meant thirty years ago.

They are relevant to me because at the American International School of Budapest we are revising our Walk-Through Observation professional growth process.

This week, we had a visiting consultant Alan Leis in to help us so we were able to devote a significant amount of time to trying to make it better. The discussions are moving us in the right direction.

We've agreed to revise our walk-through instrument, and I'll share the revised version when it's completed. But one great take-away is that all of the principals (and ?all? of the teachers) felt that despite its imperfections, the process was the most effective we had ever used.  (So, we need to celebrate that little victory and keep the process improving.)

I can't help but think that the aspects of the literacy criteria described in the video could play into that observation process to help us be more specific about the types of learning that we want to see for students.

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