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Cowboys Cultivating Forever Learners

Cowboys Cultivating Forever Learners

Learner characteristics at Kaiser include looking creatively, engaging collaboratively, analyzing critically, risk-taking, and never giving up on learning. You would be hard-pressed to find any of these characteristics missing in the classrooms on this Visible Learning campus, where every member of the Cowboy community is on a journey towards taking ownership of their learning. 

Kindergarteners in Kaiser Teacher of the Year Amy O’Connor’s Dual Language classroom usually spread out and work at several different stations, all of which offer activities in both English and Spanish. 

“The Dual Language program at Kaiser is working to close achievement gaps for students by focusing on developing academic language in English and Spanish,” O’Connor said. “We embrace the language preferences and experiences of students and deepen their knowledge and transfer of ideas in both languages. We are working towards impacting this generation of students so that they normalize cultural responsiveness and promote lifelong learning.”

Ms. O’Connor isn’t the only teacher at Kaiser embracing experiences, either. Fifth-grade teacher and former NASA employee Shahin Pour shares his love for all things space and science with his students.

“I found that – although I enjoyed working at NASA – my passion is truly in education,” Pour said. “I am making a tangible difference in the lives of my students here at Kaiser. Seeing my students understand concepts – watching that light bulb go off – is why I love to teach. Getting my students to become curious about what else is out there and building a new generation of scientists is what I’m most excited about.” 

Visible learning is a key contributing factor of success in Kaiser students. From learning by using mirrors (like students learning about symmetry in Fourth-grade teacher Patrick O’Connor’s classroom) to having a puppet show (like students learning how to identify characteristics in fairy tales in Firstgrade teacher Ana Jimenez’s classroom!), our Cowboys are thriving.

“Visible learning is a framework we use to help students articulate their learning,” O’Connor said. “Our goal is for all students to have a clear vision of their learning intention (what they are learning) and their success criteria (how they know they are reaching their learning intentions). Students explain strategies for what to do when they are stuck in their learning, and then use their learner characteristics to solve problems.”

Klein ISD is incredibly proud of the effort to learn, adapt, and grow that students, educators, administration and families at Kaiser model each day. 

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