Jennifer Clayton

Jennie Clayton has been a seventh grade language arts teacher at North Monterey County Middle School in Castroville, California for sixteen years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, a multiple-subject California teaching credential with an English supplement, a Master’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. She is also in the process of applying for her administrative credential. She is a teacher-leader for the California Reading and Literature Project as well as a fellow for the Central Coast Writing Project. Her passions in education include improving her teaching practice to better serve all students and promoting a reading culture at her school.

Current Inquiry:

“Teachers Helping Teachers: Using Student Work to Improve Instruction.”

One of our tasks as teachers is to analyze data to inform our practice.  At my school, ?data has mostly come from? multiple choice assessments,? and ?our analyses have not really been effective because ?we never circle back to talk about the reteaching or the adjustment of instruction. More importantly, however, that process ignores half of our curriculum, writing.  My inquiry was designed to address my desire to improve student writing.? My inquiry questions were:

  • What can I learn from the real experts, my colleagues?
  • How can I use analysis of student work with colleagues to improve my instruction of writing skills necessary to meet the Common Core State Standards?