Posted Monday, December 17, 2012
Kindergarten and first grade teachers at Loveland Early Childhood Center (LECC) found themselves back in class as the students Tuesday, Dec. 11, for a “Lifting Literacy” professional development opportunity.
“This is a model proven to be a powerful multiplier of talents and time, and has been in place at LECC for a couple of years,” explained Kyle Bush, LECC principal. “In short, the teachers watch a demonstration skill or lesson being taught by one of their colleagues to a classroom of students and work to recreate what they learn.”
In this case, the kindergarten team worked on refining their running record strategies (a way of monitoring and tracking students' reading progress), and the first grade team worked on improving students' "fix-up strategies" to help improve reading comprehension.
“Watching a model demonstration lesson is always more powerful than simply meeting to discuss things conceptually,” said Bush. “But there is also built-in discussion time following each lesson, where all teachers share their practices, ideas, methods, and tricks-of-the-trade relative to the concept being worked on. In short, it's a busy, productive half-day that has proven over time to be as powerful as even the best outside workshops with other experts.”