|Principal Yarbrough addresses Madrona teachers|
Teachers were collaborating on the use of "Power Standards"*. Principal Daniel Yarbrough shared four questions we should be able to answer for every lesson:
- What do we want our students to know?
- How will we know that they know it?
- What will we do if they still don't know it?
- What will we do differently if they knew it already?
*Every teacher is fluent in at least two languages: English and Educationese. What we call "Power Standards" roughly translates to "stuff kids need to know".
The best part of my visit was seeing some friendly, familiar faces. In the professional development session, I reconnected with Tigran Davtyan, a PE teacher. When Tigran was a new teacher, he was part-time at Beverly Park, where I was principal. Tigran was raised in Armenia and he's one of the few teachers who can personally relate to the challenges faced by our ELL students.
The other person I connected with was Bev Irvin, who is the office assistant at Madrona. Bev was a parent at Tyee when I was assistant principal in the late 90s. Her sons were active athletes and it's good to hear they are doing well. Jeffrey has been considering careers in public service, including teaching. And Ryan is getting his Ph.D. in chemistry at U.C. Santa Barbara. Whoa!
A great day at Madrona getting ready for school!