E2 – Exemplify collaboration within the school. Collaboration within schools is extremely important in order to provide the students with the best possible education. Working with colleagues in grade bands, subject areas, and all school staff interactions will ensure that the staff is all on the same page. To demonstrate my willingness and desire to build on my existing collaboration skills, I have joined the school staff book club. There were eleven staff present at the first meeting that consisted of the assistant principal, teachers, and instructional assistants. The book that we will be studying together is Making Thinking Visible, How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners, by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, and Karen Morrison. The evidence provided is the Protocol put forth by the assistant principal. Subsequent meeting protocols will be put forth by different members of the book club.
For this particular protocol, we broke off into smaller groups, each participant shared a quote from the book to discuss and stimulate dialogue. The whole group then got back together to share some highlights of each small group’s discussion. I found it be an extremely valuable opportunity to engage in rich dialogue about teaching with teacher’s who have multiple years of experience in the teaching profession. I also am really excited about the book. The quote that I discussed was, “In most school settings, educators have focused more on the completion of work and assignments than on a true development of understanding” (Church, Morrison, Ritchhart, 2011, p 9). The educators at the school I am fortunate to be a part of are trying to create authentic thinking. One way this is evident is by utilizing rubrics in grading that will provide the students with much more feedback as to the expectations for their learning. This book club is geared specifically towards improving student learning. I am already looking forward to the next book club meeting. I will be collaborating on the schedule for the discussion of the book with another teacher.
Church, Mark, Morrison, Karin, Ritchhart, Ron (2011). Making Thinking Visible, How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass