Instructional Conversations

Today, I am sitting in the Glen Allen High School’s Community Room for an ITRT Professional Development. The main theme for our day is centered around Modeling and Coaching Development. Amos Fodchuk from Advanced Learning Partnership is the moderator for our discussion. My entire thought process for the morning session as been centered around the Leadership Process. All of the information that we digested from Wednesday’s Kotter Presentations keep popping into my head. I know I focused on Step 4, Communicating the Vision for Buy-in, but it is amazing to see that many of the pitfalls we have encountered seem to center around this step. The ITRT job is that of an entrepreneur trying to sell our craft. Yes, we are striving to have more teachers implement technology into their classroom, but we are also pushing for great teaching. I see my job as trying to help teachers increase their student learning. In turn, they are helping me become a better ITRT.

One of the great documents that was shared was an Instructional Conversations PDF that Amos uses with many leaders for quick observation documentations. I know this blog was set up for our Foundations class, but I feel this was too good to not to share. This could also be very beneficial for our Clinical Observations we have to complete.

Some of the highlights in using this Instructional Conversations PDF Tool:
– All done in a 10 minute observation
– Don’t use the sheet on the computer. Print and write on it. Give it to the teacher afterwards for reflection
– Around the triangle, put a check based on the types of questions: Foundational vs. Higher Level for the teacher and students
– View the grid next to the triangle as the classroom, and every minute of the observation mark an X for where the teacher is standing during the lesson
– Use the rectangle at the bottom as a quick floor plan of the classroom. During the 10 minutes, write Q’s for questions and A’s for answers in the general area of where they came from in the classroom.

The clinical data received from this quick observations would be extremely powerful. What types of data do you think would be most important that one might be able to gather from this observation form?

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2 Responses to Instructional Conversations

  1. lmilliner says:

    I think the most important type of data you get from using this form is the type of questions the teacher uses and the teacher placement in the classroom. I feel the type of questions the teacher primarily uses during instruction is vital because of the changes that have been made to the SOL. As educators we need to use higher level questions to challenge our students to become successful on the new SOL. Also, another piece of useful information is the teacher’s placement in the classroom. Is the teacher just standing in one spot in the classroom or moving around the classroom? This is important because it shows how the teacher interacts with their students.

    • trockr11 says:

      I think my favorite piece of info that would come from this is where most of the questions and answers are coming from. I’m really interested to see how this info would play out…

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