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Monday, September 05, 2016

Focusing Our Work on Children

What questions can lead the work we do with others so that we all focus on children?
  • What is the rationale behind this decision, and how does this rationale positively affect students?
  • Where and how can we serve students better?
  • What are the students learning well, and where is there room for improvement?
  • What students are we having difficulty reaching? Why is this happening? How can we make change in this area?
  • What informal or formal data backs up our claims? What stories about student service does data demonstrate?
  • Do our students have their basic needs met or do we need to support more and better snacks, play clothes and shoes that match the weather, sufficient rest, and health care needs?
  • Does this routine, structure, or role truly benefit students? If not, how can we make advantageous change so that it does?
As I think about these questions, I realize that when we head back to school tomorrow, I have to keep a thoughtful, student-centered pace--a pace that gives me time to continue to get to know my students, build team, and informally assess as well. Students first. . .students first. . .students first.