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As coaches, administrators, and teacher leaders, we often design and facilitate professional learning experiences for teachers. This episode helps us think about ways to help teachers experience awesome pedagogy as learners, so they may be more equipped—even more interested—in using these pedagogical moves with their students.
I was recently talking to Dr. Dawn Bentley, Head of Schools at RFK Community Alliance. She referenced Triple Track, an approach developed by Thinking Collaborative. In this approach, professional development workshops are designed with three tracks in mind. Track 1 are the strategies used to support teachers’ learning in the PD itself. Track 2 is to consider applications for these strategies with adult groups, and tips for sharing them with other educators. Track 3 is for applications for these strategies in classrooms with students.
We’ll focus mostly on Tracks 1 and 3 here.
I’m breaking these down into specific categories of pedagogical moves, similar to how I think about protocol purposes.
Moves During to Set Up
Moves to Personalize
I like using WIN Time with the following options:
Moves to Engage
Moves to Close
For reading “texts” or critical analysis.
My favorite tip for PD facilitators and teachers is to create a common slides resource bank of the moves or slides you regularly use (or want to use). That way, when you’re planning, you just pull the ones you need over! (If you love this idea, you will absolutely love the resources I have for you below.)
To help you get a sense for some of the moves I model, check out the video series below! In it, I walk through specific slides I use for each protocol, and then share the slide decks with you for free through a link in the video description.
And, if you’re looking for more details on the ideas in this blog post, listen to episode 147 of the Time for Teachership podcast. If you’re unable to listen or you prefer to read the full episode, you can find the transcript here.
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Lindsay Lyons (she/her) is an educational justice coach who works with teachers and school leaders to inspire educational innovation for racial and gender justice, design curricula grounded in student voice, and build capacity for shared leadership. Lindsay taught in NYC public schools, holds a PhD in Leadership and Change, and is the founder of the educational blog and podcast, Time for Teachership.