Isobel Stevenson

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What I’ve been thinking about learning walks lately

October 18, 2010 by Isobel Stevenson · 2 Comments · Student Achievement

I have visited several classrooms with administrators since the beginning of school.  I started doing this because of a gut feeling that we should be in classrooms more, but couldn’t articulate exactly what difference I thought it would make.  I think we are plagued, in education, by good ideas.  We see things that other people […]

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Working on my Learning Goals

September 3, 2010 by Isobel Stevenson · 1 Comment · Student Achievement

One of the most important things we do–maybe the most important thing we do–is to make sense of what we are being asked to do, match that with our professional knowledge (theory) and our experience, and figure out how to deploy our skills accordingly, and perhaps what additional skills we need to acquire.  There’s probably […]

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What are we looking for?

November 10, 2009 by Isobel Stevenson · No Comments · Student Achievement

At the October AP meeting at Stuart, I asked those present to pair up and visit classrooms, and come back and talk about what they were looking for.  Here’s a sampling of what was said: Objective on the board Clarity of Target Student engagement Time-on-task Student interaction with other students Student interaction with the teacher […]

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A vision for good instruction

June 2, 2009 by Isobel Stevenson · 2 Comments · Student Achievement

OK, here’s a good story for you.  Well, it made me happy. Last year, we started working with the principals on a vision for good instruction, as described in the book Change Leadership.  I talked about that in this post, which is mostly about learning walks.  But that’s not all there was to it.  The […]

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Relationship between Assessment for Learning and the 27J Instructional Model

February 11, 2009 by Isobel Stevenson · 1 Comment · Student Achievement

A question came up during-or as a result of-the first day of the Classroom Formative Assessment training about the relationship between classroom formative assessment and the 27J Instructional Model.  This question made me think – not about what that relationship is, because I’m very clear on that, but about whether I’ve been clear about what […]

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Today’s Learning Walk

January 29, 2009 by Isobel Stevenson · No Comments · Student Achievement

We went to another elementary today.  Me, Kelly, five principals and the superintendent.  This time, we went to a variety of classrooms, using the same protocol as last time to talk about what we saw in classrooms.  We saw some good stuff. The purpose of doing these learning walks is to provide principals with the […]

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Learning Walks and Assessment for Learning Training

January 6, 2009 by Isobel Stevenson · 6 Comments · Student Achievement

I’ve already written about the work of Tim Waters and Bob Marzano and their analysis of what makes some school districts more successful than others. All that they talk about in terms of creating a school district with high quality instruction that varies little within and across schools is not possible without a common vision […]

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