Michael Howe

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Leveraging the PLC Potential – How to Sustain Growth


Culture of sharing best practices

  • The fly wheel effect ( momentum)
  • Norms of collaboration
  • Hard on ideas, soft on people
  • Paraphrasing & speak affirmatively
  • Watch your speech patterns


The nuts & bolts of feedback

  • Be careful, feedback can be taken negatively.
  • Must use effective communication
  • Use directive feedback as it leads to the listener taking action.
  • Descriptive feed back points out detail with next actions taken by the listener on their terms.
  • Must be criteria related


Prompts for peer feedback

  • What I heard you say was?
  • Want to
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Leveraging Teacher Driven Growth ( The now):


Flexibility within a framework is most critical.

Knowing what Literacy means in your particular field.

  • What does Text meanin your field ?
  • How do experts in your field think about the author of a source or text?
  • How do experts in your field approach problems ?
  • What are the norms of communication ?

Critical issues – team considerations

Autonomy & Motivation

  • To reach strategic & extended thinking & love of learning is key !!!
  • Challenges must be “just right” for the student to motivate them.

Why PLC’s groupings matter:

  • More than 5
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Ready . Set . Pause:   ( The how )

  1. initiating the proactive culture. Frameworks to develop a shared lens & language.
  • Consider potential problems
  • Use a multi tiered system of supports
  • Response to intervention

Tier 1 ( The foundation for all stuents)

Tier 2 ( Targeted responses )

Tier 3 ( Intensive personalized responses )


Social capitol & teacher – driven change 

Cultivates a culture of learning

Facilitator key rolls:

  • Brings focus back to the group
  • Encourages participation
  • Clarifying the purpose of the work together
  • Modeling how to challenge each other
  • Encourages norm adherence
  • Resolves issues & solidifies trust
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Laying the PLC Ground work - The Why:


A “PLC” ( Professional Learning Community ) is a group of teachers, from the same school, gathering regularly, to learn together, to share good practices & ideas. Some characteristics & attributes of a good PLC are:

  • Lead by teachers
  • Sets clear paths & goals
  • Builds unity between departments
  • Teams create higher quality solutions
  • Expanded pool of ideas, materials & methods
  • Serves as a ridge between teachers
  • Challenges each other to grow.
  • Confidence grows
  • Should focus on instruction, not content ( process not outcomes).
  • Is result orientated
  • Is a continual process that
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Class room & school wide discipline are different in nature but work hand in hand.


Class room discipline should be handed with these things in mind:

  • Be positive
  • Be tactful
  • Ask student to submit a brief statement on how they will improve their behavior
  • Never lose ones temper
  • Never ignore the issue
  • As the student to meet right after the class to discuss the issue. ( correct issues privately)( address the behavior, & not the student directly)
  • Always use “I” language & avoid “you” language.
  • Always start class & end class on time.
  • Continually evaluate how I handle discipline
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Great tips in this class.!!


Management styles:


I learned the 4 types of classroom management & which I am, the closest to, & which is the best to be.

  • The controller
  • The guide  
  • The buddy
  • The Apathete


I feel that I am the guide for the most part with some of the buddy attributes in there. I plan to be even more the guide with less buddy. The controller, I have many of the positive attributes. I aspire to focus on more of the positive sides of the three types, & be sure to never be a… >>>

Common Instructor Mistakes:

The most important thing about instructor mistakes, is that we are human & mistakes will happen. Be sure to not dwell on them, but learn from them. Use humor to explain how it occurred & talk about correcting it. Be real with my students. Be sure to “Laugh at myself”.

Things to keep in mind are:

  • Create a positive instructor image. Be sure to reflect an image of a professional who is successful in industry, as the students are striving for this as well. Show care in them. Do not share personal issues, or compare theirs to
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Managing Student Behavior:

Managing student behavior seems to be a challenging yet fundamental process, Thru monitoring my students they whole class period. By monitoring Many positive outcomes will come to fruition.  It creates a positive learning experience, keeps students on task, helps them focus on outcomes, & makes for a more individual instruction, to name a few.

Ways to be a more effective student monitor are…….

  • Move around the room
  • Move distractors out of reach, such as book bags, phones, ect…
  • Do the 20 second survey.
  • Give students the 2 minute time frame to settle in.
  • Move towards the distracted
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Dealing with challenging students:

There are many different types of challenging students, & each type takes a somewhat different approach, or method. I have experienced some of these types of students & some I have not.

I did learn that you can deal with challenging students with instrumental controls, & or with Normative controls.  Normative controls being the better way to do this.

Here is my take away on how to maybe handle them in a better way.

Un prepared students:

  • Be sure to make expectations clear.
  • Use class quizzes… ???
  • Follow up on assignments. (This is being done as
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Great Course !! Many new things have been learned..


Setting the stage for success:

One needs to become a “ Instructional delivery expert”.  Points to help me in this are:

  • Keep in mind that the students have a “what’s in it for me” mentality.
  • Give them the rational for learning the specific content.
  • Give examples, & show examples.
  • Describe & go over the syllabus in detail.
  • Go over the course goals & objectives the first day.
  • The first day of class will be to go over this & give the general sense of the course, & how it breaks
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