Professional Development

At RTHS we have invested our time and talent in learning many of the tools of Uncommon Schools' Teach Like A Champion. We use the TLAC skills, including those highlighted below, to accomplish two extremely important things in education: to build a culture that is focused squarely on academics and on our school value that 'everyone learns'; and to accelerate students' learning skills beyond content mastery to engaged critical-thinking and questioning. We also use this process of learning the TLAC techniques, videoing ourselves, and reflecting on what we see to expand our abilities "to drive greater student achievement" and to build and have in our community "a shared language to discuss" strong teaching.  Educators who wish to learn more about how we use Teach Like A Champion are invited to book a visit on the Educator Visits page, and put in the Subject line: TLAC skills.

Right is Right, No Opt Out

Ian Finley 

Watch as Ian uses a well-designed activity to ensure 100% engagement from his Drama students. He structures the activity to not allow anyone to opt out and his quick correction of one student ensures that all students understand the completely right way to participate in the activity.

Call & Response, Systems & Routines

Mari Miller 

Watch as Mari uses call and response to help her Spanish I students learn about time. She does a great job of establishing a classroom routine for this type of response and the use of this strategy engages more students in the learning process while at the same time providing a safe opportunity to try out the language without being in the spotlight.

Stretch It, Culture of Error

Alex Drake

Watch as Alex uses stretching questions to add another layer of rigor to a simple quiz review. By asking follow up questions, he forces the students to think beyond the "right answer" to a deeper synthesis. His seemingly insignificant flub of a word also helps create a classroom where it's okay to make a mistake as long as you are trying.