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This book's breakthrough approach to supervision, built on the Teaching Schema for Master Learners introduced in the ASCD best-seller Improving Student Learning One Teacher at a Time, is a simple way to help teachers make the right adjustments in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and feedback—the four areas of practice that make the most difference in how learners learn.
Here you'll find clear, practical guidelines designed to complement and enhance your school's existing observation and evaluation models. Jane E. Pollock and Sharon M. Ford explain how to
• Focus classroom observations and feedback on the critical classroom decisions that promote meaningful, lasting learning.
• Guide teachers toward the most effective curriculum, teaching, assessment, and feedback strategies for each stage of the lesson.
• Support teachers' efforts to align the plan book and the grade book for better instructional decisions and higher student achievement.
Along with these research-based recommendations, the book also features the voices of working administrators who share the difference this approach has made for them, their teachers, and their students. You too may find it's the tool you've been looking for to revitalize yourself as instructional leader, shift your focus from inspecting teaching to improving learning, and build a more positive and more successful school.
1 From Inspection to Improvement 9
Supervisor Voice: Richard Zimman, Superintendent 25
2 Supervision and the Teaching Schema for Master Learners 32
Supervisor Voice: Layne Parmenter, Early Childhood and Elementary School Principal 51
3 The Beginning of the Lesson 57
Supervisor Voice: Janna Cochrane, Elementary School Principal 75
4 The Middle of the Lesson 79
Supervisor Voice: Monique Conway, Middle School Principal 96
5 The End of the Lesson 100
Supervisor Voice: Jeff Farrington, High School Principal 109
6 Improving the Plan Book and the Grade Book 114
Supervisor Voice: Linda Law, Curriculum Director 132
Afterword: The Incentive to Teach and Supervise Teaching 137
References and Resources 141
About the Authors 148