BSP – 8/11/17 – My Math Coach stopped by & i read @ThisIsSethsBlog
I am writing this so i can
- Revisit details of the event
- Examine how the elements of the visit connect to my overall connections
- Look at ways to prepare for and improve these kinds of impromptu exchanges
And i continue to transfer Seth Godin’s observations to education. Most recently,
My Math Coach stopped by today to bring me some “sweet treats” (2 mini bags of M&M’s). This treat was to thank me for my instructional efforts in our high school math departement.
To preface her visit she said she was visiting Math Instructors in the building and before she left she wanted to stop by, No particular purpose but to “treat” me.
My classroom (Blended Learning Lab) houses instruction directed toward:
- Response to Instruction & Intervention (RTI2)
- Credit Repair & Recovery
- All subjects
The population of this class is, by definition, students who have not responded positively to a High School Classroom environment and are operating either with a performance deficit in Reading or Math or through engagement issues, fallen behind pace in their pursuit of High School diploma.
If you are choosing the “area of greatest need”, this popuplation would be the first stop of any lead academic coach because these are the students who have not connected with the existing system.
If you are choosing the “low hanging fruit”, this is the place you stop as an afterthought, giving the impression that this population is a “sunk cost” with little opportunity to enhance school performance profiles.
An earlier post provided comments on “support article” provided by in-house curriculum coach. It highlights the fact that there is little “existing” support material designed to rebuild reading or math skills or overcome the engagement issues of students who have “dis-engaged” from the education process.
During my brief exchange with the District Coach, I attempted to give an overview of
- Current class populations in credit recovery
- Upcoming enrollments in RTI2
- District’s work in professional development across 6-12 grade bands
- Math Literacy Standards
- Item approval process
- Item review process
- Item writing process
An indication that there were other things to cover, these topics were delayed 6 months for later PD.
But i am concluding this post looking forward to:
- Curriculum Coach followup
- Existing, useable reading tools for informational texts
- RTI2 implementation support from SECore