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 a long time to close.
Look for gaps
- Instructional plans vs. actual instruction
- Instructional outcomes vs. student needs
- Instructional goals vs. performance data
- Instructional goals vs. student work product
- Intervention vs. long range learning goals
A difficult gap to close is intended instructional practice versus actual proper instruction. We can expect perfection, but the reality is that perfection is not possible.
Team instructional gaps
- Examining instructional quality and practice is much easier if they goal is to improve not punish
- Non-punitive, actionable feedback within a team 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
Site administrators help reduce the gaps
There are many activities outside of teacher control impact instruction. Assemblies, and other interruptions impact time and planning.
- Keep interruptions to a minimum
- Learn and know the team or department goals
- Support not just monitor goals
- Support consistent quality of instruction
- Reduce material and access issues