Several Cobb teachers took part in a unique professional development exercise June 15-18 as they participated in the District’s Model Teaching Week at Sope Creek Elementary. Essentially a ‘classroom in a classroom,’ Cobb teachers observed a team of expert teachers as they engaged a classroom of Cobb students. Participants alternated between observing in the classroom and attending sessions that expand their professional knowledge base, along with their capacity to provide performance-based learning opportunities. This training supports the district’s focus on differentiated standards based instruction, professional learning communities, and embedded formative assessment.
Three multi-age groups (K-2, 3-5, 6-8) focused on integrated thematic performance based activities, driven by the Georgia Performance Standards for Science. Specific content for the week emphasized using community locations as the starting point for creating curriculum that is naturally integrated. Skills that are often the target of standardized measures are taught in relation to the real-life location and topic under study.
The Model Teaching Week partnership began in 2007 between Clarkdale, Kennesaw Primary, and Varner elementary schools and has grown to include Sope Creek, Acworth Intermediate, Still, and Bryant elementary schools and East Cobb, Lindley, Cooper, and Floyd middle schools.