Building the Baldrige-guided Classroom
We invite you to a Baldrige-guided classroom where you will see students working just as hard as their teacher in managing their learning environment! You will see students actively involved in learning, rarely going off-task, and working cooperatively. This is a classroom environment where students have taken responsibility for their learning. Walk around the classroom and ask students:
- What are your classroom and personal goals/objectives?
- How do you know if you are making progress?
- What would you do if you were not making progress?
In a Baldrige-guided classroom, the teacher and students have put into place processes and systems to guide the learning of the class and of individual students. Key to such a classroom is the development of a classroom culture which encourages students to communicate openly in a trusting and accepting classroom environment enabling them to take responsibility for their learning. Students at any age can manage their learning and chart their progress whether it be in Kindergarten or in a trigonometry class. When things don't go right, they learn
to plan for a rapid change.
Elements that are common to Baldrige classrooms:
To build a Baldrige-guided classroom learning system, the teacher and especially the students work very hard together to integrate processes and systems, as defined by the Baldrige Categories, into their classroom.
|Baldrige Category||Teachers & students build processes & systems to:|
|Student and Stakeholder Focus
Organizational Performance Results
Measurement, Analysis and Knowledge Management
Faculty and Staff Focus
The students and teacher in a Baldrige classroom are also guided by the Baldrige Core Values or Best Practices while working on the classroom culture and integrating the Baldrige Categories components.
The Baldrige Core Values support a learning-centered, results-focused classroom culture by teaching students to:
- focus on their vision for the future
- take responsibility for making decisions based on facts
- be agile and innovative when the need for change arises
- value the contributions of their peers
- take social responsibility
For more information regarding building a classroom learning system, see the handbook for teachers, My Job, Your Job, Our Job: Building a Classroom Learning System, available to MCPS staff members through Dr. Michael Perich, Coordinator, Systemwide Continuous Improvement. For others, the document may purchased through Dr. Perich. There is a fee of $15.00 plus shipping and handling.
Related Topics in Baldrige for Staff
- Building the Baldrige-guided Classroom Learning System
- Quality Tools
- The Classroom Culture
- Data Centers
- Data Notebooks/Folders
- Baldrige Quality Academies