1/16/2013 2:12:00 PM Collaborative learning a key at Christ the King
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Mary Rehmann and Mary Clare Metscher, middle school teachers.
Christ the King School
7414 SE Michael Dr Milwaukie OR 97222 503-785-2411 [email protected] www.ctkweb.org Grades - K-8 Enrollment – 245 Tution- $4,950 for parishioners, Financial aid available. Applications accepted year round. Weekly Mass, full-day kindergarten, after-school care, band, Spanish, chess, art, Open house — Jan. 27 9:30am-12:30pm
Jill Irish, Christ the King School’s 4th grade teacher values the time spent with other teachers, in particular the 3rd and 5th grade teachers. These three grades make up a “pod” of their Professional Learning Community (PLC) that meet every other week to work and learn collaboratively, problem solve and share visions of where students need to be.
“I feel wholly supported when I discuss an idea that I plan to implement in my classroom. PLC’s allow us to help students make the transition from one grade to the next seamless in respect to individual learning experiences,” said Irish.
A few years ago, Joe Bridgeman, Christ the King’s Principal brought this concept to the staff and they have embraced the opportunity to support student achievement in a shared setting.
"There's a wealth of collaboration on everything from meeting striving students' needs to implementing technology in the classroom” states Mary Rehmann, a Middle School teacher at Christ the King. “Dedicated time to meet with our grade-level peers helps us to focus on the whole student; it gives us a chance to recognize what works and what doesn't for students, and we often share ideas about meeting student challenges. Moreover, it gives us the opportunity to plan cross-curricular units and lessons."
PLC’s are used to create SMART Goals for individual students and the results are what Bridgeman asserts as a high level of commitment to student learning. “The benefits of our Professional Learning Communities to our staff and students include enhanced curriculum, better informed and committed teachers, and academic gains for students” states Bridgeman. “It’s key to our staff development goals and helps our entire school community."