Continuous School Improvement

Tantallon Senior Elementary School Plan for Continuous Improvement

Goal #1: We will improve students’ reading comprehension by having them communicate their understanding of texts.

Strategies: 1. Teachers will establish a balanced literacy approach and assessment practices in comprehension. 2. Teachers will provide students explicit instruction on comprehension strategies. 3. In PLCs, teachers will use comprehension assessment data from authentic reading experiences to inform daily instruction. 4. Teachers will use a variety of questions that address different cognitive levels.

Professional Learning to support Goals and Strategies: 1. Teachers will develop a common understanding of a balanced literacy approach, focusing on sharing and active learning. 2. Teachers will develop a common understanding of the reading comprehension outcomes students are expected to meet at each grade level 3. Teachers will develop a common understanding of ways to assess reading comprehension at each stage of reading development. 4. Teachers will develop a common understanding of the cognitive levels of questioning: literal, non-literal and analysis.

Goal #2: Students will demonstrate improvement in their ability to problem solve and effectively communicate their thinking process.

Strategies: 1. Teachers will use the constructivist approach to teach through problem solving. 2. Teachers will use a variety of questions that address the various cognitive levels. 3. In PLCs, teachers will develop common assessment practices for problem solving. ( Conversations, Observations, Products )

Professional Learning to support Goals and Strategies: 1 (a) Teachers will develop a common understanding of the constructivist approach focusing on sharing and active learning. 1 (b) Teachers will develop a common understanding of the three part lesson and the three read strategy. 1 (c) Teachers will become familiar with the curriculum outcomes where problem solving is stated as one of the math processes. 2. Teachers will learn about the different cognitive levels of questioning. 3. Teachers will develop a common understanding of balanced assessment practices (Conversation, Observation, Product) to learn how to plan lessons.

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