Wednesday, 15 June 2016
Unfortunately my inquiry has been on the back burner due to the ongoing building projects but it has been my pleasure to be involved in "walk through" observations in 5 classrooms across the 5 levels of the school over the first half of this term. It was a truly inspiring experience. I went with the specific objective to observe and give feedback on each teacher's stated Inquiry focus as it relates to raising achievement in students' reading and writing. It was evident in every class I visited that each teacher's focus was level appropriate and challenged the students with achievable outcomes, whether it was letter recognition and letter sounds at the junior level, through decoding in the middle school onto inference/judgement in the senior classes. My feedback, in each case, served to confirm aspects of the teaching and learning that the teachers themselves had already considered and were contemplating relevant adjustments.