Patterns and Themes - Tech Learning

Patterns and Themes

Tip: Even though teachers collect data all the time, they need our help as professional developers so they may understand how recurring patterns or themes can help them improve their teaching practice. You can show them how to be teacher researchers analyzing their teaching practice in a professional development
Author:
Publish date:

Tip:
Even though teachers collect data all the time, they need our help as professional developers so they may understand how recurring patterns or themes can help them improve their teaching practice. You can show them how to be teacher researchers analyzing their teaching practice in a professional development session throughout the year.

  • Create a chart similar to the one below for their grade and/or subject area.
  • Add or delete categories that are relevant to your teachers.
  • Demonstrate how to check for understanding by triangulating evidence to look for similar themes or patterns in more than two types of data.
  • Encourage teachers to Be objective and nonjudgmental Share their findings with another teacher Bounce off ideas and new questions.

Grade 3 – Language Arts

Demonstrates Success

Needs Improvement

Patterns/Themes

Test Scores

Class Participation

Student Work

Interviews

Observations

Submitted by:Barbara Bray

Next Tip: Essential Questions

Featured

Related

Looking at Patterns and Themes

Tip: Teachers collect data all the time, but it is our job as professional developers to help them understand how certain patterns or themes that constantly recur can help them improve their teaching practice. You can show them how to be teacher researchers analyzing their teaching practice in a professional

5 Developing Themes at ISTE ’10

By Henry Thiele I attended EduBloggerCon, the Constructivist Consortium, the opening events, and more at ISTE ’10, and through my interactions there, I have begun to see some themes developing in the conference 1 It has been a rough year.

Collecting and Compiling Data

Tip: Teachers may not know what data to collect to help improve their teaching practice. They are inundated with student data, graduation and dropout rates, etc. They will also need other data relating to how they teach and learn to help them improve their teaching practice. As a professional developer, you can

Data Can Drive Development

Teaching practice can improve if teachers can look at themselves and student data in an objective manner. In most teacher education programs, teachers were not taught to use data to design curriculum and analyze their teaching practices. Teachers need training in both data management and data analysis as well as in

Theme Poems

Kids will love to write and publish their own poems on these fun and inspirational themes!

Questions and Changing Teaching Practice

Tip: A lot of my work with adult learners came out of research on CBAM (Concerns-Based Adoption Model) and Stages of Concern. Determining at what stage the teachers were helped me design their professional development learning plans with their help. Their questions helped me figure out how to guide them along