I had my first observation at a school where my philosophy and pedagogy are uncommon, and the practices that were most appreciated were all of the things that were enforced at Franklin. I'm grateful for that. Socratic questioning, bell work, discussion-based learning, walking frequently through the classroom during instruction, holding students accountable through firm due dates and publicly available announcements, front loading expectations and resources, teaching bell to bell, redeeming transition times, emphasizing strong character education, varying the mode of questioning, providing varied guided notes, using affirmative discipline by setting clear behavioral expectations - all of these things that I learned through my time at Franklin were all lauded at my observation. My principal said he has never seen so many diverse and effective strategies work so cohesively all at once. And not one of them came from me - they were all strategies and teacher expectations from administration at Franklin. Thanks for giving me such a positive foundation.
- Mrs. Panabaker, former English Teacher at BFHS