Community of Practice

I am excited that we will be able to continue the Community of Practice initiative that we began a few years ago.  The premise of the initiative is simple; by visiting other classrooms we can gain exposure to varied teaching practices, reflect on our own practices and encourage conversation about the art and craft of teaching.  This year we have expanded our initiative and have begun to visit school outside of North Smithfield. Our third grade teachers had the opportunity to visit an elementary school in Smithfield to view a math lesson.  Our fourth grade teachers visited an elementary school in Coventry to get information and ideas about a content-based schedule and our fifth grade teachers visited a “paperless” classroom in West Warwick focusing on how we can enhance instruction by embedding technology. All grade levels had positive feedback. After the visitations I met with all grade levels to discuss our writing focus “prose constructed response” and share expectations and student work.
I will be working with building principals to continue to schedule the dates. Based on last year’s feedback, we will be expanding this initiative. Teachers will have the opportunity to observe teachers in other districts as well. I will be reaching out to faculties for volunteers to be “host” teachers.