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PLCs (Professional Learning Communities) are becoming more common place in the school setting. Whether these PLC’s are before, after, or during the school day really doesn’t matter. It is a time set aside to plan curriculum, share teaching strategies, and discuss interventions for students.

Curriculum-Knowing your curriculum is vital. It doesn’t matter the content area, Big Universe has resources to help facilitate learning. Take time during your next PLC’s to look for resources that will help your students understand various content area. For example…

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Share Strategies-Sharing strategies will help facilitate better classroom management or it may help you to implement a grade level behavior system. When students have a safe learning environment, they able to focus on the business of learning. Sharing these strategies during a PLC can help new as well as veteran teachers learn engagement strategies.

Interventions- Need ideas on how to help your struggling readers? Working as a team, list all possible interventions and try them before making a special education referral. Districts using the RTI model need to document all interventions used prior to the referral process. Big Universe has resources that will supplement programs such as AR and DRA. By searching for leveled books, students can still learn at their level.

Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 8.29.08 PMBy focusing on the curriculum, strategies, and interventions teachers will be able to address many concerns during their next PLC. It’s a good idea to have a notetaker and share the document after the PLC. How will your PLC answer these questions?

What do we expect students to learn? How will we know if they learn it? How will we respond when students experience difficulty in learning? How will we respond when students do learn?

What other ideas do you have for running an effective PLC?

 

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