Essential Teaching Practices
The WNY Maritime Charter School is committed to increasing student learning and progress through research-based practices that are considered "best practices" in the field of teaching. These "go-to" pillars, extrapolated from Gallup research, are important for classroom management and instruction. Here are the Essential Teaching Practices which our school will carry out while also gathering cadets' feedback throughout the school year on new ideas that can be implemented to support the following areas:
1. I know what is expected of me in my classes.
2. In my classes, I have the materials and equipment to do my work correctly.
3. In one or more of my classes, I have the opportunity to do what I do best.
4. About every week, I receive praise or recognition for doing good work from at least one of my teachers.
5. My teachers regularly inform me of how I am doing in my classes.
6. There is at least one teacher or adult at school who cares about me as a person.
7. At least one teacher or adult regularly encourages my achievement.
8. I believe that my teachers are experts in what they teach.
These areas can mean a lot of different things for each teacher in each classroom, so long as we are meeting the needs of our cadets. However, with a keen understanding of best practices that can be carried out school-wide, our cadets can then experience high quality teaching and learning throughout the entire campus in a unified, professionalized spirit that promotes excellence.