Several groups from Oakland County have visited Reuther this past year to observe our classroom culture and school environment. The SIP team felt it was important to show our entire staff the incredible things happening here at Reuther. We wanted to take the time and reflect on the aspects and characteristics that make Reuther great, as well as provide opportunities for staff members to learn from one another to further enhance our school culture.
Staff members rotated through four different classrooms to see the cultural forces in-action. A specific focus was placed on the use of language. Each session ended with a time of discussion and feedback.
As a way to identify opportunities for staff members to focus on improving the use of language in their classroom, the PD day ended with the Back to the Future protocol. The staff was asked to vision into the future and tell what the language in your classroom will look and sound like by the end of the semester. Then, they looked back and described how they were able to accomplish this vision. The protocol helped to guide purposeful steps to take in order to achieve their classroom language vision.
This is Reuther Middle School's Culture of Thinking journey.