Many people have asked me what a typical day looks like when I visit a school. Although the work will look different depending upon where I go and what the needs are, I want to share one way a day might go.
I often begin my work in schools with an in-classroom visitation. There are typically three parts of an in-classroom visitation. First, I have a briefing meeting with all of the teachers involved prior to visiting the classroom. I explain what I will be doing and how the teachers can participate. Next, I conduct a full Writing Workshop in the classroom. A group of teachers watch what happens and they also participate by thinking through different teaching moves. Finally, I end with a debriefing meeting where we reflect upon the classroom work. During this time, the teachers also have a chance to ask questions and plan future writing work. I tend to do this process two or three times in one day so that every teacher in the school can participate.
I have found that this method is a great way to start my work in the school, as it lets everyone see first hand what the work looks like. Not only that, but it tends to support teachers in having great conversations about students and the work they are producing.
Have you ever been a part of this type of work? If so, how did it go? Do you have any more questions about the in-classroom work? I would love to hear your thoughts and questions in the comments.
If you want to have a more detailed conversation about this or want to hire me to do this in your school, please reach out to me or sign up for a free 15 minute consultation.