Elizabeth Schmid •

Roosevelt Elementary School • Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Roosevelt Elementary School (Wauwatosa, WI)

Elizabeth Schmid, a kindergarten teacher, shared the following reflection about working in a PLC. Her insights capture the powerful sense of self-efficacy that teachers feel when they experience the benefits of the PLC process.

"So, I figured out why PLCs are so great and how they are changing my teaching - profoundly (this came to me in the car as I was drinking my coffee this morning...):

I used to be in the habit of assessing my students 3 times a year - for report cards.  It was quality assessment, but when it was over, I was always relieved and excited about getting back to teaching.  It wasn't very formative - except for the strikingly low kids - then I lit the fire and intervened.

With our new "continuous learning-target approach," I never stop assessing, so I am never far from the inside of their minds.  I have never before, academically speaking, known my students so well.  The flexible intervention groups that naturally come from these assessments make the entire process totally manageable.  I feel like I finally have the reins (of leading these students well) securely in my hands.  I've never felt this before in my teaching career.  Thank you for bringing PLCs to Roosevelt. !!!!"

Posted in: Analyze Data, Apply Results to Practice, Evaluation, Grading, Grouping

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It's inspiring to see other teachers working towards the learning their students are capable of. As I go through these stories, I myself am inspired to do more with my students and their abilities. Would really like to see them shine and be more than what they already are. I love the moments where they surprise themselves with what they know. I want more of that. Discussing PLCs with my supervisor may just be the thing we need at our school. Great story!

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