Monitor gaps between intended and actual instruction
- Learning gaps
- Instructional gaps
- Assessment gaps
Teaching and learning never finish.
Intended plans do not always match actual learning and instruction.
Embrace instructional and learning differences, and use them for opportunities to improve. Most holes take time to close.
Look for gaps
- Plans vs. actual instruction
- Intended outcomes vs. student needs
- Performance goals vs. performance data
- Exemplar work vs. actual work product
- Intervention vs. long range learning goals
- Examine instructional quality and practice to improve not punish
- Non-punitive, actionable feedback builds confidence
- Consistent quality of learning opportunities and resources across a team should be a reality not just a goal
- Provide targeted professional development based on current instructional needs
Administrators help reduce gaps
Activities outside of teacher control impact instruction, time, and planning.
- Keep learning interruptions to a minimum
- Know team or department goals
- Support not just monitor goals
- Support consistent quality of instruction
- Reduce material and access issues