To-date over 140 FUHSD veteran and newer teachers have participated in Skillful Teacher. The mission of this course is to improve teachers’ abilities to apply the knowledge base of teaching in different classroom contexts for the benefit of students. In order to achieve this mission the course is structured to help all participants:
- Expand our teaching repertoires through reading, discussion, experimentation and reflection.
- Use day-to-day student learning data to plan, teach, and reflect on our teaching.
- Foster a culture of ongoing professional conversation about teaching and learning.
- Strengthen our conviction that we can make a difference in the life and learning of all students.
The course uses the book The Skillful Teacher as the main source of new ideas and information. Although the 500-page book provides a comprehensive look at our profession, the course will focus on only a few of the key chapters. Initially, participants focus on the essential question:
- What teacher beliefs and actions lead us to best serve ALL of our students?
Once this foundation around beliefs and expectations is established, we will progress through the year, organizing our work around a series of classroom experiments, lunch discussions, and district-wide meetings where we continually ask and answer these essential questions:
- What do we want students to know and be able to do?
- How will we know if they know and can do it?
- What do skillful teachers do to maximize the opportunity for every student to learn it?
- What will we do when students don’t meet our standards? What will we do if they do?
The course is already underway for the 2013-14 school year, but if you are interested in participating in the future or want more information, please contact Josh Maisel.