Professional Learning Community
The Macomb Mathematics Science and Technology Center is an established Professional Learning Community (PLC). MMSTC teachers work as a team to assure that all students are engaged in challenging, accelerated learning activities involving a mathematics, science and technology curriculum. Through the use of a PLC approach, teachers collaborate on a daily basis regarding unique lesson planning, common assessments and cooperative academic interventions. With continual research and utilizing best educational practices, M.M.S.T.C. teachers have developed an innovative learning environment which fosters excellence and vision in teaching, learning, and discovering the relationships of mathematics, science, technology, and society.
MMSTC teachers focus their weekly discussions on Rick Dufour's Professional Learning Community Model:
- What do we want each student to learn?
- How will we know when each student has learned it?
- How will we respond when a student experiences difficulty in learning?
- What do we do if they already know the material?
Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center staff members continually explore ways to develop high level critical thinking skills, challenge inquisitive learners and are also ready to respond to students who may have difficulty learning specific mathematical, scientific and technology concepts. These responses are:
- Based on intervention rather than remediation
Collaborative PLC meetings involve a scheduled time for our staff members to work toward the four questions above. Forty-five minute time periods are prescriptive in nature with specific results produced every week. Through the Professional Learning Community Model, Macomb Mathematics Science Technology teachers are prepared and ready to effectively challenge the inquisitive mathematic, science and technology learner.