“Instruction is a process of deliberate decision making and action that makes learning more probable and more predictably successful than it would be without teaching.” Madeline Hunter Mastery Teaching
Instructional Best Practice 10.24.16 (OVERVIEW FLYER)
Westside Community Schools believes in developing all teachers through continued professional learning on instructional best practices. We believe in putting the learner at the center and the teacher as the main decision maker in the classroom. This requires the teacher to have strong classroom management skills, collaboration, planning, human relation skills, knowledge of content, knowledge and use of materials, and knowledge of child growth and development to personalize learning for every student.
Specifically we use the teachings of Dr. Madeline Hunter and Dr. Anita Archer to aid in delivering quality instruction. We use a K-12 PBiS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) model in collaboration with The Well Managed Classroom model and in-house trainers from Boys Town to create and maintain a positive learning environment. Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for teaching supports teacher growth through lesson reflection conferences with instructional coaches and administrator in conjunction with self reflections. Teachers continually make decisions before, during, and after interactions with students based on lesson content, the learning behavior of the student and the teachers instructional behavior. Our foundation for instructional best practice continues to support the art and science of teaching and meeting the needs of all students.
The following resources are available as an overview of WCS instructional best practices in conjunction with Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching.