Book Club this month centered around Chapters 4 (First Days of School) & 5 (Routines) in Intellectual Character by Ron Ritchhart. The group used The Leaderless Discussion protocol to structure the conversation. The discussion pertained to the following questions that were posed by the group members:
Session 2 of Customized Tour with Brandon Middle School
Reuther science teachers traveled to Brandon Middle School on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, to continue their action research project.
This second meeting between the two schools followed the same format as the first. Teachers were given the opportunity to do two classroom observations. Sandy Wiley’s classroom used the Step Inside routine to consider different viewpoints on the impacts of climate change, and Dave Green’s classroom engaged in a Think-Puzzle-Explore to uncover their understandings and questions about chemistry.
After the observations, the group met to debrief. The two presenting teachers brought student artifacts from their lesson for the group to analyze. With the use of the Opportunities Protocol, teachers discussed the central thinking in each of the lessons and offered suggestions on how to “bump up” the lesson to encourage deeper thinking.
The session ended with each of the science teachers analyzing and reflecting on their own student artifacts with the use of Ron Ritchhart’s Student Thinking Continuum.
This is Reuther Middle School's Culture of Thinking journey.