Today we also brought artifacts from our classrooms to share with our colleagues how we are integrating the thinking strategies and routines. As a school we have been focusing on using these in our teaching practice, so sharing things that are going on in our classrooms is so exciting. I love seeing what other teachers in our building are doing, and I also love getting ideas and having feedback on what we are doing in our classroom. I brought with me a few student examples of our interactive math notebooks and how the items that I have the students add are very intentional and designed to help them with the thinking strategy 'Determining Importance'. As the year progresses I'll introduce more thinking strategies, but at the moment this is what I believe my students need the most (especially in relation to word problems).
Another exciting thing going on at our school is classroom observations. Our amazing staff is giving up their plan time for two days next week so that we can observe each others classrooms and have a formal feedback session on what amazing things we have happening at our school. What better way to learn than from each other?! I will be going up to a 3rd/4th grade math classroom.