2.6: Impact in the Classroom
The discussion then turns to these meetings' impact on the classroom. As the next teacher we hear comments, the teachers try instructional strategies discussed in the grade level meetings, then come back and debrief "how did that strategy work?" Other teachers provide other examples of how the meetings have influenced their classrooms, including their assessment practices. The segment ends with teachers pointing out how much more focused they feel their lessons are now and that there is more consistency and uniformity throughout the grade level.
Gerardo And then we implement it. A lot of times, something we didn't see in the video is that we come back and how did that strategy work? We talk about that and then we go from there and, you know, modify it. Yael We all had different types of tests before. Gerardo Mhm. Yael Now we're doing the same tests. Mona I think it helps us re-organize the way we teach in the classroom. Like I knew before when I first started teaching our first year, there is a lot of things that we never did that first year at kindergarten. Gerardo yeah. Mona And uh now that this is the third year, we kind of know what we need to focus on. The way we plan our lessons are completely different from when we first started three years ago. You know we're really focusing a lot more on um, we're looking at concepts more and I think I did-- we did away with a lot of things that we did the first year. Ts Mhm. Mona --that were, you know, just not really helping the children. And um, our lessons are becoming much more, um... Diana Focused. Mona Focused (nodding) Ts focused. Gerardo Mhm. And we have more uniformity. Yael Exactly. They're all the same that's the main thing too.