Students Own Their Learning in Performance-Driven Classrooms
In performance-driven classrooms, teachers constantly reflect on how well their students are learning. They collect and analyze information about student learning, to use in focused conversations with students. This helps teachers know if and when they need to re-teach the content, provide more practice, or coach more.
Teachers in the School District of Menomonee Falls (SDMF) build performance-driven classrooms. Check out what quality improvement professionals had to say about the district’s efforts in this video: SDMF Continous Improvement Video
At the classroom level, SDMF teachers know how to measure the success of their students. Success is measured by how well their students have learned, rather than how well they think they have taught. With this mind set, teachers can tell what’s working well in their classrooms and where there is room for improvement. When teachers and students engage in goal setting and instructional strategies that lead to improved learning, the result is increased student achievement. This is captured in this Tweet by StuderEducation Coach, Dr. Melissa Matarazzo:
— Melissa Matarazzo (@LrngLdr) March 27, 2014
District and school leaders cascade goals and progress monitoring measures to the classroom level in SDMF. Teachers have implemented a system of formative assessment to see how students are doing and make “real time” adjustments to instruction, when needed. Students, beginning in kindergarten, are owners of their learning. Everyone is hungry to achieve quality and passionate experiences while in pursuit.
Discover more about the School District of Menomonee Falls from the district’s website or contact Mitch Maersch, the district’s Public Information Coordinator/Executive Assistant.