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How do you help teachers look at student work?

Feb 6, 2014 4:27am

After students complete pre tests for math, teachers gather in a PLC to look at the student work and organize flex groups around the misconceptions kids had about the math. Sometimes teachers look at the work as either right or wrong. How do we get teachers to take that extra time to look for the strengths the kids have and lead the teacher moves toward helping the student move from that strength toward the standard being measured?

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    • Feb 23, 2014 8:46pm

      In our building, my supervisor and I collected our pre-assessment data from our teachers and Identified three key literacy skills that are commonly lacking in most classes. We then created a lesson based on these skills and parallel taught the lessons in language arts, social studies, and health classes using authentic text from each content area. The classroom teacher ran one mini-lesson, while I ran a mini-lesson on a related skill, and my supervisor ran a third group. We rotated the groups every ten minutes allowing the groups (differentiated by data from the pre-assessments) to visit each of us. The teachers were able to observe us while we taught and their students while they learned. It was a true collaborative effort!

      • Feb 7, 2014 10:23am

        Maybe you could make up some questions/solutions that are incorrect in different ways, but showing multiple steps so that teachers have to identify where the student went wrong and what the mistake was. This way teachers have practice following steps and being able to see the varying degrees of what "wrong" can mean.

        • Feb 8, 2014 9:47am

          You may get "more" time by having teachers do lesson studies. When I 1st had this experience it was quite overwhelming. The reason why it felt like you get more time for teachers to observe student work is because teacher practitioners can hopefully see the progress of work done by students from the start of a lesson to the end. Actually I use the word "end" as a loosely-based term because learning is ongoing. However, if the question is about how to get teachers to set aside time outside of regular class duty to observe fellow teachers and student, then it's a matter of school-community involvement.

          • Feb 8, 2014 3:46pm

            Thanks everyone. Great suggestions, thoughts and ideas. We do this work during PLCs that are imbedded during the school day.

            • Feb 22, 2014 1:10pm

              The better website is

              The authors of most of the student work (and other) protocols have licensed them through the School Reform Initiative (SRI). I know that major revisions just took place. As for student work protocols check out the Tuning, the Collaborative Assessment Conference, and ATLAS. Be sure to match the protocol used to the purpose for looking and the kind of feedback the presenter wants. There is a guide to using 7 of the most commonly used protocols on the SRI web site as well.

              • Feb 24, 2014 2:23pm

                I agree with Katie. The use of Protocols is a terrific way to look at student work. It takes away any judgement or blame and creates an environment of learning and growth. NSRFHarmony has the best!