- Spotsylvania County Public Schools
- Our Teaching Philosophy
● Foster engagement - Selection of pedagogies must be intentional in that they correlate to student needs, learning objectives, and goals. When instructional strategies promote independence and interdependence, students acquire the intended skills, knowledge, and understandings we desire. This leads to increased motivation and engagement in student learning.
- Cooperative Learning: Cooperative learning provides students with the opportunity to collaborate, communicate, and problem solve. Additionally, cooperative learning that is focused in terms of task, outcomes, and student responsibilities promotes independence and interdependence. High-Yield Instructional
- Strategies: Effective teachers implement research-based strategies that align to learning goals and objectives, and to student readiness, interests, and backgrounds producing high-yield student results.
- Student talk: Providing students with ample talk time supports academic achievement, their ability to engage in academic discourse, and the opportunity to extend and deepen learning.
- Metacognition: Teachers support student metacognition by modeling the thinking processes necessary to complete tasks and solve problems in their content area. Metacognitive strategies allow students continuous reflection on their learning as well as monitoring their progress toward learning objectives and goals, which ultimately increases student engagement and achievement.
● Integrate literacy skills across the curriculum - Learning content requires language. Students must be able to read, write, speak, listen and think like scientists, historians, mathematicians, artists, etc. Literacy support in the classroom helps students learn how to manage, synthesize, and analyze information presented in a wide variety of modalities. Incorporating literacy strategies helps students construct, design, and share their content knowledge, skills, and understandings. Therefore, teaching literacy skills is the shared responsibility of all teachers.
● Use digital resources effectively to support the learning process - In a student-centered learning experience, students are directly engaged with the digital resources and tools in ways that foster creative thinking, construct their own knowledge and support individual skill development. Best strategies or pedagogies must be strategically addressed in the design of the lesson activity to ensure learning and engagement of all students. In addition, tools and/or resources for student use should be identified to ensure that each and every student has an opportunity to maximize his/her learning of that concept or skill. Employing student-centered learning strategies often may lead lesson delivery away from direct, teacher-led instruction and teacher-led technology to more studentcentered, personalized experiences with digital resources and tools. Various blended, center-based (rotation model) teaching and learning environments have been established in some classrooms within our school division providing an example of this transformation emerging in SCPS. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards are aimed at providing researched based guidelines for students, educators, and leaders by identifying the skills, knowledge and approaches they need to succeed in the digital age (2016). By combining the TPACK theoretical model as a planning template with the ISTE standards, the processes and approaches teachers utilize in increasing student engagement and interaction with digital resources are an innovative approach to developing skills, behaviors, and learning experiences that reflect our digital age and shift our instructional practices towards more and more studentcentered learning experiences.