Sharpening the Saw

May 30, 2017 | by Janice Smith

When working with KIPP Metro Atlanta in 2015 and 2016 we used the KIPP Framework for Excellent Teaching (KFET), along with the Framework for 100%, to tag a lot of their videos.  One of the tags in the KFET is called ‘Sharpening the Saw’, and takes our tag of ‘Growth Mindset’ a bit further, from mindset into action.

According to the KFET, teachers who have mastered Sharpening the Saw, ” frequently or always reflect upon their practice and data, and can accurately self-identify his/her areas of strength and areas of growth OR seeks feedback in key areas.”

I would summarize this as:

  • Humble enough to recognize the data is our’s (not our students), and to either self-identify areas we need to grow, or to reach out to others who can help us through that reflection process.
  • Hungry enough to take that information and figure out the best plan of action to close those gaps (our skill gaps first, so that we can better address knowledge and skill gaps our students have).

The new collection in the Mission 100% video library called ‘Sharpening the Saw’ features a handful of clips we gathered while there spotlighting this skill through teacher interviews.

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