Today was the second Think Tank Tuesday offered this year. These sessions are offered both before and after school in an effort to accommodate all staff schedules. Nine staff members attended today's sessions.
Staff were asked to have read Chapters 5 & 6 from Making Thinking Visible and to bring evidence of students' thinking (student samples from a thinking routine) to this professional development session. Staff was divided into small groups that were interdisciplinary. In small groups, one staff member volunteered his/her student samples in order to conduct the LAST Protocol. This protocol is non-threatening for staff because the conversation does not center around or evaluate the presenting teacher. Instead, the focus is on observing the thinking of the students. The presenting teacher has a limited amount of speaking time in the protocol so that he/she can focus on listening to his/her colleagues' discussion. Staff feedback about the protocol was very positive. We will do this again!
This is Reuther Middle School's Culture of Thinking journey.